Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Largest Toy Bunny Ever on Display in Sweden

Dutch artist Florentijn Hoffman has designed a humungous hare with his newest dramatically scaled cuddly toy bunny. A plaza in Swedish seems to be hosting The Velveteen Rabbit turned on his head. I like this bright yellow creation even if it wouldn't fit in my house. The artist has created other big bunnies for display including a Lookout Rabbit (see below) installed in the Netherlands. For more views of his yellow rabbit see this Link.

"The Lookout Rabbit." This one has interior stairs with a great view. See more angles on this rabbit at this Link.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fire Crews Jump in to Save Family Pets

In Hollywood, FL a family and their two pet rabbits and  dog are very lucky to have escaped a fire that caused extensive damage to a home.  With all the people accounted for, fire crews rescued the two rabbits and dog from the home and administered oxygen to them. The bunny seems to be relieved to be carried out of harms way.  See video   Also, there are plenty of sources for pet oxygen masks on the internet and it great that so many fire departments consider them an important piece of rescue equipment.

Hopping to It in Germany

The National Post in Canada featured a beautiful photo of a rabbit doing what they do naturally - jumping over a hurdle at an obstacle course the 5th Open Rabbit Sport Tournament yesterday in Germany. My bunnies primarily jump over my cats just to fluster them or enjoy high jumps into chairs and sofas.  But these tournaments are serious competition. Eighty rabbits competed in light-weight, middle-weight and jumping-for-points categories. Rabbit Hopping is a growing trend among pet rabbit owners in Central Europe and the first European Championships are scheduled to be held later this year in Switzerland.  (Photo: National Post)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rabbit or a "Pet Hound"

This video of Wilson, a young Lavender Point Californian bunny posted yesterday by Oakland Animal Services shows the truly affectionate, sweet nature of rabbits.  I am not sure if this is a rabbit or a "pet hound." Many of the rabbits my sister and I have rescued are unsocialized rabbits no one wants.  But give them a little time and they all turned out like Wilson - ready to nudge a hand for a pet.  Wilson is available for adoption - see OAS link above for more information.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hoppy Birthday Bugs Bunny

In honor of the always irreverent Bugs Bunny who made his debut in the animated cartoon, Wild Hare, today in 1940, here are some of his classic quotes:
Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out alive.
Carrots are devine... You get a dozen for a dime, It's maaaa-gic!
Don't think it hasn't been a little slice of heaven...'cause it hasn't!
Well, what did you expect in an opera? A happy ending?
Gee, ain't I a stinker?
Here I go with the timid little woodland creature bit again. It's shameful, but...ehhh, it's a living.
I bet you say that to all the wabbits.
I know this defies the law of gravity, but I never studied law!
Eh, what's up, doc?
Jumpin' without a parachute? Kinda dangerous, ain't it?
Well, it's 5 o'clock somewhere.
And we all thought that last one was Jimmy Buffet!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Homeless Rabbits Make Surburban Yards Home

The SGVTribune.com reported feral rabbits in San Gabriel Valley, CA are making their home in yards and streets of a suburban neighborhood. The rabbits are former pets that have been cruelly abandoned. The local independent rabbit rescue is at capacity like many others right now.  According to the article they are contacting larger rescue groups for help. For rabbit rescuers short of space and resources this is a sad and frustrating situation. Concerned neighbors hesitate to contact "animal control because the county animal shelter will euthanize the furry creatures within three days." The population of rabbits is already facing some deadly obstacles like cars, coyotes and possibly being attacked "by neighbors who are tired of them eating their flowers."  However, as many other communities have found out, a breeding pair can multiple into hundreds of bunnies within a year. The population explosion can happen fast and then what? See full article with slide show at this Link.  (Photo: two homeless bunnies munching a free lunch from a kind neighbor. SGVN/Staff photo by Watchara Phomicinda.)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Rabbit Abandoned Complete with Hutch

A rabbit was abandoned complete with hutch (in Havant, UK) outside a country park’s gates.Yvonne Philbrow, the cleaner at the park, was shocked as she arrived for work and saw the hutch.
She, said: ‘I pulled it open and there was a rabbit inside. I was appalled. I don’t know how long it had been there – anything could have happened.’ She named the rabbit Billy and adopted him. Yvonne is pictured here with her grandchildren and Billy, the adorable lop bunny.  
The local newspapers in the UK seem to publish a good share of articles like this and I don't think it's just because it's a slow news day.  People who show kindness toward animals deserve the press.  On the one hand I am sad to read about the inhumane treatment of animals, but glad for the stories about people who show compassion for them.   (Photo credit: Allan Hutchings)

A Hutch is Not Enough

The Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund (RWAF) in the UK published an interesting article with photos of a large rabbit run for outdoor use. Rabbits have been traditionally kept in hutches in the UK, however, the trend is toward "house" rabbits. Bringing rabbits indoors to be part of the family like a cat or dog is catching on there like it has in the US. I have never been a proponent of outdoor hutches. Nonetheless, I think a run in the garden is fine for rabbits in good weather with some supervision.  Where I live there are just too many predators to ensure the safety of my rabbits outdoors. Bears, an occasional mountain lion, raccoons, feral dogs/cats, weasels, eagles, coyotes, etc. are all looking for a free lunch. The RWAF also created a great video from a rabbit's point of view about hutches. See the article here with more photos.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rabbit Room Service

Patricia O'Donnell, who runs a guesthouse in Edinburgh, UK "almost had a heart attack" when she discovered the uninvited visitor over the weekend. She had entered the room of a family of Chinese tourists to water the flower boxes when she spotted a bunny - complete with hay, bedding and food - relaxing in the shower unit. (See photo of traveling rabbit - very pretty) Ms. O'Donnell called the SSPCA Officers, but when the bunny's family returned they produced a small cage. The
officer told them to take the rabbit to Gorgie City Farm, but they didn't seem interested in that. They checked out.
I have traveled all over the country with 2 to 7 rabbits. I take a small hand vacuum in my suitcase and pack an expandable puppy pen. I don't recommend it, but I admit when I can't find a pet friendly hotel, both my sister and I will sneak rabbits through a hotel lobby. The rabbits are clean and quiet. Plus, no one has ever questioned the room service orders for salads with dressing on the side. (Photo credit: The Telegraph)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Baby Rabbit Stolen from Rescue Center in UK

The journey rabbits must sometimes endure to find safety in a forever home can be full of peril. Last week a baby rabbit was turned over to the RSPCA after being thrown from a car window in the UK. Now one of those babies has been stolen from the animal sanctuary. There were other stories in local newspapers about stolen rabbits this past week. Most of them were rabbits stolen from unattended cages at state and county fairs and this is the first one I have read about taken from a rescue organization recently.
The bunny at the RSPCA was rescued by a kind couple who spotted an adult rabbit and five young bunnies being tossed from a car. Fortunately, the couple managed to capture all the rabbits and took them to the rescue center. Now one has gone missing after two days and he was not old enough to be separated from his mother. The Centre's staff are now worried for the animal’s welfare and are appealing for anyone with any information to contact them. Find contact info here if you live the UK. Of course, there was absolutely no reason to "steal" this rabbit since I am sure the RSPCA would have worked out an adoption when the rabbit was old enough. I hope the little rabbit (pictured) finds its journey ends well in a good home.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wow 200 Artistic Rabbits in Hong Kong

Check out the page for the "WeWow Rabbit Charity Scheme" - it was organised by the Hong Kong Society for Education in Art (HKSEA). Special needs students from various schools work with HKSEA to design their own plastic rabbits. Using different colours, shapes, and patterns, the students let loose their imagination to create a colony of 30cm-tall rabbits. The Project Officer, said “We used the theme of rabbits because they are smart, energetic and active. We believe participating students have the same qualities, provided that they are given adequate opportunities to express themselves. The students were given plain white rabbits to start off with, resembling a fresh sheet of paper that is free of any creative barriers.” Great fun! They are colorful, bright and I wish I could take the long trip to see them all.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rabbit Habit - Bunny Makes Home in Convent

WCAX.com reported on a new resident at Our Lady of Providence Convent in Winooski, Vermont. They say that although "life in a convent can be somewhat regimented, a new resident has given some sisters in the convent hours of amusement." The bunny was discovered in the backyard of the convent this spring and they knew it wasn't a wild rabbit so they decided to catch it and bring it in. At first they nicknamed the rabbit, Roger Rabbit, and after a vet exam discovered, he, was a she.
The sisters have renamed her Princess because she loves to sit in the chairs, like a throne. She also likes music. The bunny is litter box trained and lives in one of the common rooms where the sisters can visit any time they want. So it is hard to tell who is getting more out of this arrangement. However, there is no doubt it was devine intervention for Princess, the rabbit. (Photo Credit: Lorraine Bushek, Painting Rabbits on Chairs Series)