Brisbane Festival artistic director Noel Staunton and artist Stormie Mills are dwarfed by the giant bunny sculpture that will be installed in Brisbane. Photo credit: Vicki Winter / Brisbane Times.
In addition to the tiny rabbit sculptures invading cities near you, now there’s another kind of art bunny to look out for. These 4-meter high, bubblegum-pink rabbit sculptures are taking over the city of Brisbane in Australia as part of the Brisbane Festival, September 9-28.
The large bright pink bunnies are the vision of street artist Stormie Mills. Cast out of polyurethane, the outer pieces are supported by a steel internal frame and plastic subframe.
Said Mills, “It’s like a vinyl toy in a sense, but a bit tougher and certainly a whole lot larger. The last step is that somebody goes in and tightens everything up from the inside, crawls back out the bunny’s bum and we glue the tail on.”
The pellets are timothy hay-based and do not include unhealthy additives like a lot of the pet store brands do. Paired with the box of fresh hay, this package provides a fantastic base for your rabbit’s nutritional needs. (Remember to provide unlimited fresh hay to your rabbits to ensure good digestive and dental health!)
A few weeks ago, we noticed Cosette’s left eye was occasionally watery. It left the fur above it messy looking. So we took her to the vet, who tried to flush the tear duct out. While the solution came through Cosette’s nose on the right side, it didn’t on the left side. So she was sent home with an antibiotic eye drop and an oral antibiotic (Baytril) to be administered twice daily for two weeks. We were also given a rabbit probiotic to add to her water to help her digestive system while she’s on the antibiotics.
Giving Cosette medicine has always been difficult due to her bold, independent personality. She hates being held and doing anything that’s not her own idea. She’s very suspicious and very difficult to catch.
Coco on the other hand is the world’s easiest patient. He actually enjoys the taste of banana-flavored medicine and comes willingly when called to lick it from the syringe.
So for our more difficult patient, we’ve been mixing the oral medicine in a mashed banana, the only food she tolerates with the medicine in it. We tried squirting it on lettuce, inside a cored out strawberry, and mixed in with apple sauce. They were all immediately avoided. The eye drops at first were somewhat easy to apply. But then she became wary of that activity as well, so we’ve had to catch her and hold her down to put the drops in.
So the past week and a half has been trying, but Cosette’s eye seems to be getting better. We go back to the vet on Wednesday for another tear duct flush. Wish us luck that all goes well! We’ll keep you posted on what happens…
UPDATE: We took Cos in today, and the vet was able to flush it, though it didn’t go easily. So we will continue with the drops for one more week. The routine will be tortuous for all parties involved, but hopefully it’ll nip the problem in the bud!
Indianapolis Animal Care and Control confiscated 375 rex and mini-rex rabbits from a breeder after complaints over their care.
Soon there were 400 rabbits, as many of those who were pregnant gave birth. The Indiana House Rabbit Society took up the cause and helped with feeding and medical care.
There is still work to be done. One hundred and seventy rabbits are still in foster care. The rabbits need homes in Indiana, or they can be transported to other states. If you can help, contact email@example.com.
The Bunny Hop – Relay race in which each contestant must hop around an object, like a fake carrot available at craft stores, wearing bunny ears and holding a ball or balloon between their legs as they hop.
Bunny Tag – Traditional tag, but with players must hop like a rabbit.
Carrot Toss – Ring-toss around a craft-store carrot.
Pin The Nose (or Tail) on the Bunny – Draw a bunny face or full bunny on a piece of poster paper. Cut out construction paper noses or use cotton balls with pieces of rolled tape on the back.
Bunny Balloons – Use a marker to draw a bunny face on a helium balloon and attach a pair of construction paper ears.
We’re currently in the process of improving My House Rabbit. The revamped site will include a site search function and an enhanced photo gallery. The site will also be optimized for tablet and mobile devices. We hope to launch these improvements within the next few week. Stay tuned!
We recommend purchasing the largest size you can accommodate. This is good quality, second cutting timothy hay, so your rabbit(s) will really enjoy it. See our article about hay to learn why it is so important to provide fresh hay to your rabbit at all times.
Coco is pictured here with the 4.5 pound box of timothy hay.