Monday, February 10, 2014

Netherland Dwarf Makes Rounds as Therapy Rabbit

Laura VanDerLind of Shell Beach, a speech pathologist who works with dementia patients, works with a more unusual therapy pet: her year-old rabbit, Chubby Bunny (photo on right).  Chubby is a 2 year old, 2 lb. Netherland Dwarf breed rabbit. 

I have often heard Netherlands are biters and some people even say they are "mean."  This is so far from the truth.  They are one of the smallest size breeds and a lot can seem threatening to them. My sister, Bonnie, had a Netherland Dwarf for many years she adopted from a humane society.  Her nickname for Miss Sage that first year was "raptor" because she bit every hand that got near.  Eventually with gentle care she became a calm, very non-aggressive bunny girl. Even when Sage required lots of handling for medical care later in life she never once bit or nipped a hand after her first year with Bonnie.  Chubby Bunny shows what good care and kindness can create for a Netherland Dwarf rabbit who now brings "smiles from end-stage dementia patients who otherwise sat mute in their wheelchairs."  Full article at Tribune News. (Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Tribune News)

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Firefighters Save 2 Rabbits in Oregon

A firefighter/paramedic with the Estacada Fire District, holds a rabbit crews rescued from a shop fire southeast of this small town in Oregon on the highway to Mt. Hood. (Photo Credit: Estacada Fire District).

In UK a Family of Rabbits Rewrites History Books

Land’s End one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions and even more so because of newly discovered archaeological finds from the Bronze Age. The irony is that it wasn't university trained archaeologists who brought the artifacts to light.  It was Oryctolagus cuniculus better known as the European Rabbit - the wild version of all our domesticated rabbits.

The bunnies were starting a new warren at the site last year and began digging up things that were similar to ancient human tools.  It turns out the objects dated back about 5,000 years and the dig revealed a grave, burial mounds, a hill fort and other treasures.  The human archaelogists called it a "goldmine" and "one of the most important archaeological finds ever uncovered in Cornwall."  (Photo: a domesticated rabbit, Bungee, doing what he does best - starting a backyard warren.)