Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Earless Bunny Causes Concern

An earless bunny born in the aftermath of Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster is fueling a bit of hysteria after a youtube video was posted recently. However, cases of "earless" rabbits occur in nature (no radiation leaks needed). For instance, there was Vincent from the UK that may or may not have been born earless a couple of years ago and made the news. There was another rabbit sans ears whose photo was posted on Flickr from Olathe Animal Hospital in Olathe, KS. Rabbits can be born without ears, but more often than not ears are missing due to a highly stressed mother rabbit. Unfortunately, a stressed doe can overgroom (chew the ears) or even kill her kits. As distressing as this is - an earless rabbit can have normal hearing. Plus, they are just as beautiful with or without their large ears!