Monday, 25 September 2017

Poor Rabbits


This rabbit may look like it's happily soaking up the last rays of Autumn sunshine, looking straight at me through the kitchen window ... but in fact it is soaking up the last rays of the Autumn sunshine completely oblivious to anything except the warmth on it's back and hopefully the beauty of the birdsong as it lives out it's last few hours hoping for a peaceful end. 

Myxomatosis has been rife on our hillside this year, beginning in late Spring it seemed to vanish throughout Summer and now it has reared it's ugly head again as we head into Autumn. 

The few rabbits we spot like this one, we try relocate to a safe place, away from Ginger and Mavis, to hopefully end their final hours relatively peacefully, those that find themselves away from the shelter of hedges and trees are easy pickings for the birds ... as the sad little piles of fluff we find each morning testifies. 


In my opinion our wildlife has enough on it's plate to survive the things it survives day to day without also having to contend with the most horrible of manmade diseases  :-(

Sue xx




11 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you Sue, this is heartbreaking to see.

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  2. Dear Sue
    I agree too - when I was a child, one of my pet rabbits contracted this disease and I still remember how horrible it was.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  3. that's awful but i can see what they had to do here in australia 6 billion rabbits!? holy moly! surely there is a more humane way to cull these gentle creatures? that disease is just horrible.
    thanx for sharing

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  4. Aww, poor little thing. What a terrible disease.

    God bless.

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  5. Poor rabbit, I've not seen as many bunnies this year as I'm used to seeing.

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  6. From the "herds" that were born in one field , my field and churchyard in Trelawnyd only six have survived

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  7. My children's pet rabbit contracted it and it broke their heart.

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  8. heartbreaking :(

    If anyone has a pet rabbit there's now a vaccine that offers some protection

    http://www.rabbitrehome.org.uk/care/vaccination.asp

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  9. So sad. It's good of you to do what you can to help.

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  10. Aww poor babies :( So sad maybe they need to rethink germ warfare. The coyotes and birds of prey naturally keep the population down.

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