Bunny Grooms Her Sister
Thanks, Vicky and bunnies Bofur (groomer) and Bifur (groomee)! Sadly, Bofur and Bifur have recently passed away. Vicky writes:
This is our beautiful Bofur (brown dwarf lop ear). She was 4 years old in October. Whilst I chose her sister, she chose her papa.
She loved to binky and sit in the sun and would grobble at me when I went to feed her. She especially loved being with her birth sister Bifur (white dwarf lop ear).
I took her to our favourite vet, (Heritage Clinic in Coburg) because she had runny eyes and was not eating. He gave us the worst news, (myxomatosis) and I had to make the sad decision to say goodbye. I held her in my arms the whole time, and comforted her as she quietly went to sleep, then took her spirit over that rainbow bridge.
She is now resting quietly under the big tree in our backyard. We miss her terribly.
As a sad adjunct... Bofur's beautiful escaperer sister Bifur also passed over the rainbow bridge after having contracted the same disease.
Myxomatosis is a fatal disease for domestic rabbits. It was intentionally introduced in Australia (where Vicky lives) in 1950 to control the wild rabbit population and was extraordinarily effective. If you are a bunny owner in the U.S., see this article by the House Rabbit Society for locations of reported cases and tips on how to protect your buns. If you live in Europe or the U.K., ask your vet about vaccinating against myxo. If you live in Australia, get involved in the campaign to legalize the vaccine for domestic buns!