These are also two newbies we recently welcomed to the Radical Rabbit Family. Here’s their story:
A few days ago we were contacted by a member of the public concerned for two domestic rabbits that had likely been dumped in an inner city park. Our volunteers went to check on them. The park was busy, filled with people and they were nowhere to be seen.
Next to the park was an old school blocked off and under construction with some buildings being demolished. One of the volunteers decided to ask the construction workers if they had seen any wandering bunnies. Turns out they had. These two bunnies had been running around their construction site for the past week. We found one hiding in the building under some chairs and the other one outside in the demolition area.
Thankfully the workers allowed us access, helped us locate the rabbits and catch them. Both rabbits were starving, underweight, dehydrated and are covered in dirt and fleas. Both have significant fur matting around their legs, stomach and tail which would restrict their movement and cause them pain. Both have various wounds on them. One rabbit has dental problems and has been struggling to eat.
People dump rabbits in parks for a variety of reasons. Often because they no longer want to care for them and think they’ll be happy in the wild. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Dumping rabbits in the wild is a cruel death sentence. They struggle to find food, water and shelter. They don’t have the instincts of wild rabbits to burrow and protect themselves. They usually die slowly from starvation, dehydration, stress and become easy prey for other animals.
Very few are as lucky as these guys to be rescued. These boys will have their vet work done, any medical issues treated and will eventually be up for adoption. Welcome to the Radical Rabbit family little ones, your lives will only get better from here!