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What’s News? Police shoot bear for eating pet rabbit
24 February 2010 – news.com.au

Melbourne Bunny Get-together NEW YORK: Police have shot a 181kg black bear after it
ate a pet rabbit in a resident’s backyard in New Jersey.
Where: Vegie Bar, Brunswick
When: Sunday 11 April The rabbit had been roaming free in the screened porch
and didn’t stand a chance against the predator.
Time: 12pm onwards
The resident called police who shot the bear dead.
Want to meet other bunny lovers and brag about your
bunnies?? Then come along to the Vegie Bar, have a The Department of Environmental Protection said, “During
piece of carrot cake or munch on some lunch! Let us the cooler months bears have difficulty finding their natural
know if you would like to join us. prey so they go after small animals, livestock and
sometimes garbage”.
RSVP: Wednesday 7 April
Email: Karen @ askboing@bigpond.com

Polish documentary gives rabbit’s view of


Speed-dating sessions for bunnies Berlin Wall
1 March 2010 – dnaindia.com 26 February 2010 – yahoo news

NEW YORK: Dating is no longer WARSAW, Poland – Among this year’s Oscar nominees is
restricted to humans, for bunnies a Polish film that tells the history of the Berlin Wall from an
are now practicing the same, unexpected point of view – that of thousands of wild rabbits
thanks to New York’s Rabbit who inhabited the death strip between East & West Berlin.
Rescue and Rehab.
“Rabbit a la Berlin”, nominated for best documentary short,
Two bunnies, Phyllis and Irving, tells the little-known story of a rabbit colony that flourished
met through Rabbit Rescue and Rehab's dating sessions for the 28 years of the Wall’s existence, a patch of paradise
and now live happily together at home in Manhattan. with abundant grass that remained predator-free thanks to
the heavily fortified walls on each side.
"They groom each other and snuggle together, and when I
announce mealtime, they run around and leapfrog over Yet the film is an allegory, with the rabbits in the role of
each other with excitement," the New York Daily News communist-era East Germans, Poles and others who lived
quoted freelance writer Kristen Ott, owner of the rescued day in and day out in an enclosed world that stripped them
rabbits, as saying. of freedom but took care of them, providing each individual
with equal access to nourishment and a small but safe
Cindy Stutts, a volunteer at Rabbit Rescue and Rehab, the burrow.
New York chapter of the House Rabbit Society, said that
rabbits can live perfectly happy lives as singles, but the When the Wall fell in 1989, a new world opened up to the
social animals prefer being in pairs. rabbits. They were suddenly free to roam far and wide but
they were also hounded, hunted and served up roasted in
Since rabbits are territorial, there is a better chance of restaurants.
having a happily bonded pair if the bunny gets to choose
his own partner. Many grew homesick for their old meadow in the shadow of
the Berlin Wall.
Stutts holds speed-dating sessions in a neutral territory and
monitors body language to assess if the bunnies, who are Today, wild rabbits still inhabit the bustling, reunited
all spayed and neutered, are getting along. German capital but in much smaller numbers.

Grooming and eating together is a sign of instant attraction,


but instant aggression means the date is over.
So, armed with a torch I tried to stay awake long enough to
A Wee Problem understand what was going on in his funny, little furry head.
by Maureen, Launceston, Tasmania A couple of times I almost found myself slipping into a lack
of sleep induced version of David Attenborough...‘and then
A wonderful thing happened to me about a year and a half the rabbit shifted slightly to the left and this was the
ago, I was asked by a local shelter to foster a baby bunny moment we’d been waiting for. If you look carefully you can
until he was old enough to be adopted out. I arrived home see…’
with a tiny bundle of black fur not much bigger than the
palm of my hand. He was two weeks old, I named him And the result of my torch light nocturnal observations?
Elliot, and it never once crossed my mind to give him back. Whilst he was obviously happy sleeping in the middle of the
bed, once the light went off he seemed a bit nervous of the
Elliot spent the first few weeks of his new life with us, edges of the bed. Our bedroom’s not overly dark and
tucked warmly and safely down the front of my very tolerant mistakenly I’d assumed he could see well enough to make
husband’s shirt. He didn’t seem to like my shirt nearly as his way about, I was completely wrong. The poor little thing
much as my husband’s, I suspect my squishy bits were too was weeing on the bed because he was unsure about
much competition for space. Although we pampered and jumping down off the bed in the dim light.
spoiled this little bun he didn’t grow very much and still
remains, maybe not quite as tiny, but certainly a very small Feeling like the worst bunny mother in the world, the next
bundle of fur and we love him to bits. night I placed some pet steps at the foot of the bed and
aimed a night light in their direction. While it was still
In our household we have five other rescue buns who all daylight I played a few fun games with Elliot using treats as
get on very well and sleep in the kitchen area (under the a reward until we were both confident he would be able to
heatpump/aircon) and pretty much have the run of the easily negotiate the steps during the night.
house. Unfortunately Elliot took an instant dislike to every
single one of them and refused to even sleep near them, Now Elliot happily sleeps wherever he likes in our
he preferred to rest on the seat of our large dining alcove bedroom, but if he has to ‘go’ during the night and he’s on
as near to humans as possible without actually sitting on the bed he hops down the steps and heads for his litter
our lap. tray.

Our house is small and there are few options for a bunny to The thing with bunnies is their lack of meowing or barking
have space for himself, and even though we put Elliot’s means we have to find other ways to understand and
night time house away from the other buns bedtime was a communicate with them. But just by spending a few
constant drama. When it was time to sleep he’d simply run minutes each day watching how these intensely curious,
away from me and believe me I’d get puffed way before he loving animals interact with the things around them can not
did. One night in sleep deprived desperation I moved his only enrich your relationship with them, but also sooth your
toys into our bedroom and made a little bed for him under soul like few other things can.
my dressing table.
Now all I need to work on is his maniacal, doona
He was instantly happy and within two days he’d worked hopping/binky bounces in the middle of the night. Nah,
out a routine that suited him perfectly. During the day he’d truthfully, I love it. My little bunny, Elliot, has me going to
sleep in his bed and during the night he’d sleep on ours. sleep with a smile on my face and waking up with a big
During the day he’d use his litter tray and during the night grin.
he’d simply wee on the bed.

A word of advice, if this ever happens to any of you, it is


possible to successfully wash a queen-size feather doona
in a regular sized washing machine (thank God!).

Despite the time consuming doona washing I really wanted


to work with Elliot on his wee problem because we
absolutely loved having him on our bed at night. He’d
contentedly stretch out between the two of us, and there is
nothing nicer than being woken by bunny whiskers tickling
your cheek or a twitching nose pushing up your sleep
mask.

Even when my fingers became seriously water-pruned I


remained undaunted. I decided to study his night time
behavior hoping I could figure out a solution, because oddly
Elliot is usually a bit of a neat freak. He stacks his toys in a
corner, carries any stray pieces of hay back to the litter tray
and keeps his blankets smooth and wrinkle free. He’s so Elliot enjoying his snooze on the bed
particular he actually gets upset and mock charges me if he
catches me touching his things.
Adopt me! New bunny at Edgar’s
Frank Mission
Location: Melbourne http://www.edgarsmission.org.au

WILLOWMAVIN, Victoria:
Jaime Rabbit is a beautiful
white rabbit with a very
familiar story - one time
carers tired of her and left
her to languish in a small
barren cage with little to do.

Jaime Rabbit now lives at


Edgar’s Mission and was
named in honour of young
Edgar's Mission volunteer
Jaime Stroud who was
tragically killed in a car
accident in January.

Frank is a five year old undesexed dwarf lop. He roams


Come along to the next open day at Edgar’s Mission &
freely during the day and goes in his hutch at night.
meet Jaime Bunny!
He is besotted by our two dogs and loves to greet you at
the gate when you arrive home. Compassion Art Day 2010
He is used to eating a wide variety of fresh foods as well as Sunday 18 April
grazing in the back yard. 11am – 4pm
I would love to find him a home where he has a safe space Edgar’s Mission
to roam during the day. 365 McHarg’s Road,
Willowmavin (via Kilmore)
Unfortunately one of our dogs is getting frail and grumpy as
she gets older and doesn't tolerate Frank too well. ph: 0408 397 301
www.edgarsmission.org.au
If you would like to give Frank a home please contact Kat th
at kathi.woods@optusnet.com.au Celebrate Edgar Allen Pig’s 7 birthday and see great
artwork and photos of animals on display.

Even if you don’t enter, come & meet the friendly rescued
farm animals, farm tours, enjoy a vegan bbq, listen to
music & hear from cool special guests.

Entry is free.
Clarence the Are you a budding artist who loves to paint, draw or
photograph your bunny? Then you are welcome to
Super-Spy enter submissions for Edgar’s Mission Compassion Art
now lives at Day!!

To enter, please download a compassion art day entry


www.clarencethesuperspy.blog.com form here & show everyone how much you love your
where there are lots of cool photos, spy bunny!!

bunny recipes, past stories and news. You http://www.edgarsmission.org.au/Compassion_Art_Day_2010_ENTRY_form.doc

can also subscribe for the Clarence


stories sent to you monthly. Newspapers wanted!!!
See you there! Do you have any newspapers??? Are you located in
Melbourne??? We need you… & your newspapers!
Please contact Karen at askboing@bigpond.com
This example can be used to illustrate the role of learning.
Help for nervous and Should the rabbit learn that trying to flee by running around
its enclosure does not in fact stop it from being picked up,
aggressive rabbits but that biting does, then it will learn that biting is
By animal behavourist, Dr Anne McBride successful in that it stops the frightening thing happening to
“Rabbiting On” – Autumn 2009 the rabbit. With repeated experience, the rabbit will learn
to bite earlier and earlier in the proceedings. Indeed, it may
Aggression is a set of normal behaviours that an animal even get to the point that as the enclosure door is opened
displays when it is attempting to protect itself or aspects of the rabbit lunges forward, teeth bared like some monster
its environment – such as its food, its home or its mate. It from a horror movie.
is made up of a sequence of warning behaviours such as
stiffening, growling and biting. From the rabbit’s point of view, aggression is an effective
means of avoiding something it finds frightening. It will
Breed & individual differences show aggression earlier and earlier as it becomes more
If you compare breeds of rabbit there are differences in the confident in the effectiveness of the strategy. From the
way in which they tend to react to the world around them. human point of view the rabbit will appear to be very
Many of the larger breeds, such as the New Zealand White confident and it may be that they do not consider that
or Californian are more “laid back” – that is less reactive underlying this “show of aggressive bravado” is a
than small breeds such as the Netherland Dwarf. This is frightened animal.
due in part to the larger breeds having been bred for
temperament as well as conformation. Originally used as Resolving fear related problems
meat, for fur and in laboratories, these larger breeds First, any medical factors must be ruled out by a veterinary
needed to be able to cope with the activities and noise examination: for rabbits this may include examination of the
associated with cleaning, feeding and handling and thus teeth and even an xray if any problems relating to the back,
animals which were more passive, less reactive and less for example, are indicated. If a rabbit is in pain when
aggressive were those chosen to breed from. Such picked up, it is not going to be possible to teach it new,
selective breeding for temperament has not been such a pleasant associations with being handled until the pain is
priority for the breeders of the small breeds where the removed.
animal’s colouring and conformation have often been of
more importance. A full case history of the rabbit’s whole life is needed,
including its early environment. Full observation needs to
In addition, as well as breed characteristics, each individual be made of the rabbit’s behaviour in both the presence and
rabbit will have its own genetic make up and thus even absence of the situation and the stimuli that cause the fear.
within a single litter some individuals will be more reactive This is particularly difficult with rabbits as they have very
than others. subtle signals of communication.

In addition to a rabbit’s genetic make up, its early The rest of the article kind of waffled on without any real
experiences will also affect its adult behaviour and the level action or suggestions!
of nervousness it shows. It is known that early experiences
and environment can have effects that influence an animal We suggest starting small with your goals. Not all bunnies
throughout its life, for good or bad. will become super friendly but most will learn in time that
you are their best friend. They may never learn to like
Control from the environment other people they don’t know but they certainly can learn to
When an animal, including a human, perceives a situation love you with gentle treatment.
that may indicate danger it has four options:
We find that spending lots of time with anxious or nervous
1. It can freeze, remaining perfectly still in an attempt rabbits on ground level without any patting, grabbing or
to remain unnoticed lifting helps them to learn trust. Gradually you can offer
2. It can display a range of distracting behaviours treats and over time touch the rabbit and stroke their fur.
3. It can flee You may notice that your rabbit is nervous or anxious about
4. It can fight being touched on a certain part of its body (eg. the lower
back). This may depend on your bunny’s previous life and
Rabbits are prey animals and in the wild are predated from what trauma may have occurred before they came to live
the air, ground and even when underground in their with you.
warrens. So they have evolved to be very alert to danger.
Their first response is to freeze, but should the source of Always talk in a quiet & gentle voice to your bunny and
perceived danger come too close then they will flee. Only if keep your hands & fingers away from an anxious bun. A
there is no route of escape do they tend to fight. nervous or anxious rabbit can bite, lunge or attack when
feeling under threat. They don’t mean to hurt their new
A common situation where this may occur is the rabbit who adoptive parents, but it can be the behaviour they have
is not comfortable about being handled and will attempt to learnt from their previous home to stop someone picking
escape from being picked up by running round its them up. As far as the bunny is concerned, “if it works,
enclosure. It may then turn around and bite, because it keep doing it!”
cannot get away.
It takes time to get to know your bunny and it takes time for
your bunny to get to know you. (BOING)
Calicivirus is a highly contagious virus and up to 90% of
Myxomatosis affected rabbits may die.

Myxomatosis is a lethal disease that has no vaccination in Calicivirus is easily transported on clothes, shoes, carriers,
Australia at present. The disease was introduced to people, dogs, predators, tyres, birds, bowls and
Australia in an attempt to eradicate introduced wild rabbits. enclosures, etc. The virus is also hardy, surviving both
heat & cold. Rabbits that are kept inside are also prone to
Myxomatosis is transmitted between rabbits by fleas, catching the disease if not vaccinated. The virus itself is
mosquitoes and in the air (across short distances). very resilient and lasts a long time in the environment.

Mortality rates are as high as 96-100%. As there is no cure Ensuring your rabbits are kept in a hygienic environment is
or vaccination at present for Myxomatosis in Australia, the imperative to preventing the spread of the virus. Large
only means of prevention is to use flea and mosquito numbers of rabbits kept in small enclosures are at risk.
control.
Ways to reduce chances of calici virus:
Ways to reduce chances of myxomatosis:
• 2 initial vaccinations 2-4 weeks apart
• house your rabbit indoors • revaccinate your rabbit every 12 months
• do not exercise your rabbit outside at dawn and • house your rabbit indoors
dusk when mosquitoes are most active • if you have been in contact with an infected rabbit,
• insect proof all outdoor accommodation disinfect hands & clothes/shoes before touching
your own bunny
Clinical signs of infection occur 2-10 days after infection. • insect proof all outdoor accommodation
The initial signs of myxomatosis in rabbits are swollen
eyelids, ears & genitals. Death normally follows 12-14 Infected households should remain empty from rabbits for
days after contracting the disease. at least two weeks during warmer weather and two months
in colder seasons.
All housing, bedding, trays and human clothing that has
been in contact with the infected rabbit should be carefully In short:
disinfected. • If you have wild rabbits in your area, there is a very
high chance of calici
Any new rabbits should not be brought to the house for at • Calici is very easily transferable on clothes or
least 4 months after the occurrence of myxomatosis.
shoes
• Large numbers of rabbits housed together can
In short: succumb to calici without any initial symptoms
• If you have wild rabbits in your area, there is a very • There is a yearly vaccination
high chance of myxo • Calici is very contagious and there is no cure
• There is no cure and no vaccination in Australia
• Myxo is very contagious
• Victoria is suffering one of its worst seasons of
myxo this year New calici strains set to be
Calicivirus released
16 February 2010 – ABC news

Calicivirus is a viral hemorrhagic disease that was Graziers in parts of western Queensland say rabbit
accidentally introduced to Australia in 1996. It is a fatal numbers are the biggest they have seen in more than a
disease but there is a yearly vaccination available. decade.

Calicivirus can appear in three ways: Henning Kath, from Mount Leonard Station near Beetoota
in the state’s south-west corner, says calici virus nearly
Peracute – rabbit dies quickly & unexpectedly killed off the rabbit population in the late 1990s, but the
subsequent drought did not stop the numbers from building
Acute – bunny becomes lethargic, depressed and off food. up again.
Bunny dies in the space of 1-2 days, shows uncoordination
and signs of pain before death. May show clear or Rabbit researcher Glenn Saunders from the New South
bloodstained nasal froth or discharge & suffer high Wales Invasive Animals CRC says scientists are working
temperatures. on a new biological control.

Subacute or transient – rabbit may show signs of illness “What we are going to do over the next three years is look
and then recover with lasting immunity. These rabbits at testing and importing new strains of calici virus into
become carriers of the virus and shed the virus through Australia as a replacement for the existing strain,” he said.
urine and faeces for 30 days (& possibly longer). This form
is most commonly seen in rabbits less than 4 months of He says up to 10 different strains will be tested to find the
age. most effective control.
Poppy Popstar has again excelled herself with more
Life at the Do Hop Inn naughty antics. She’s obviously aiming for the 2010 Fuzzly
By Karen Awards already. This last month she bit my upper arm
after pushing open a barrier to start a fight with Lulu (both
Sadly, we lost our beloved Pancake last month. Her kidney were okay), then she hurt her foot and was limping (still
failure caused huge weight loss and weakness. We were don’t know what happened there but okay now) and then
really sad to have to step in & make that horrible decision she ate all but two buttons off the remote control (real fun
but it was only a matter of time before she was going to trying to figure out what the buttons do now!).
leave us and we didn’t want her to suffer any longer.
We were very fortunate to recently have the lovely Dr
Ally, Pancake’s long term partner, couldn’t understand why Narelle Walter over to visit all our bunnies and give them all
his girlfriend of six and a half years couldn’t walk anymore their yearly calici vaccinations. It was quite a task
without assistance or needed a silly rolled up towel to lean vaccinating everyone but we’re so happy and relieved to
on. He would pick up the towel and throw it aside, which know that they are all now safe from such a fatal virus.
didn’t help Pancake, but made him fell like he was helping.
On the day we made the decision for euthanasia, we told The moulting season has definitely started on the BOING
Ally to give her a kiss goodbye. He kissed & kissed her. bunnies! There is fur exploding everywhere! Peanut
When we brought her body home, he kissed & kissed her looked like he was doubling in size as all this fluff was
some more. coming out in one go.

Ally now has a new roommate to keep him company. We Our latest rescue bun, Ginger, is doing very well. His loose
have set up a double barrier between him and Tinkerbelle. & matted fur started to come off by itself which was great. I
Tinkerbelle was once bonded to Pumpkin but since their just helped a little. Unfortunately, I don’t think Ginger was
spat, she has been living a single life. She’s a bit feisty and at all pleased or comfortable with all the new attention
can be aggressive but she’s already behaving much softer which did cause him a bit of stress. He looks great though
towards Ally as she can see how lovely and friendly he is. & it must be much more comfortable for him.
We hope they’ll become great friends in the future.

Ginger after the “great moult of 2010”

The recent giant hailstones that


Ally (left) gets to know Tinkerbelle plummeted down in Melbourne
recently were something we hoped
Our latest couple, Tessie & Rex, are doing fabulously well. would not upset the bunnies.
Tessie has been showing her dominant side lately but they Luckily, they all took it in their stride
are just wonderful little buddies. It’s so wonderful to see without a care in the world.
Rex with a girlfriend as he had never had a bunny buddy
before in the 6 years before coming to live at BOING and Novelty factors this month included
he’s besotted with Tessie. She loves to snuggle and rest a visit to the White Rabbit Brewery
her head on Rex’s back. in Healesville. If you like dark ale
(naturally brewed and no additives),
lots of bunny references and soft
squishy couches, you’ll love this
place

http://www.whiterabbitbeer.com.au/The-Brewery/

Just so happens, you can also get a wonderful Shiraz from


Bunn Vineyard in Western Australia. This wine is really
nice, all naturally fermented and contains no additives or
preservatives! This wine can be found at selective bottle
shops (or request it!).
Tessie & Rex snuggling
Karen warmed to Lulu very quickly, but I found her a
Rabbits: their part in my particularly hard bunny to figure out. When I approached
her I never knew if she was going to cringe and flee or leap
downfall forward to attack my shoes, and I wondered if she was
By Nimal psychologically damaged by her time at the factory farm.
Then one day Lulu discovered that she liked being patted
on top of her head. This seemed to be a life-changing
Isabelle, Lulu, Poppy and Zoe (part 3) revelation for this troubled bunny. Now she will make a
Adopted May 2009 beeline for an outstretched hand, lying quietly as long as
the top of her head is gently stroked. Withdraw your hand
The loss of Zoe had been a depressing setback in our and she will follow it, ending up with her head resting
plans to rehabilitate the rescued farm bunnies. Now with tenderly on your leg, eyes closed in a state of total bliss.
Poppy recovering from abdominal surgery, Lulu on
antibiotics for an unspecified complaint and Isabelle As for Poppy, or “Pop Star” as we took to calling her, there
sneezing and snotting all over the place, the futures of the was never any doubt about her true nature. Outgoing and
three survivors seemed far from assured. Zoe’s demise vivacious, she had a talent for mischief rivaled by very few
had also broken the only partnership we had managed to bunnies. Unfortunately, this exuberance was occasionally
establish, that between her and Isabelle. Of the remaining curtailed by a malady of unknown cause that struck
bunnies, Poppy seemed to have a dominant, forceful intermittently – usually manifesting itself in the mornings.
character that did not bode well for her chances of bonding You could tell she was unhappy, squirming about and
with another rabbit, while Lulu’s erratic behaviour – nervous shifting position frequently, in obvious discomfort. We
and nutty in equal measures – also did not seem suited to thought she might have been straining to urinate, although
a settled relationship. Isabelle was clearly the most calm a test cleared her of urinary infection.
and docile of the three - or so we thought. Our attempt to
introduce Izzy to Pumpkin ended with our resident bachelor Increasingly we began to bring Poppy out of the laundry
boy receiving a particularly nasty bite that eventually and into the lounge room where there was more room for
required surgery! So the three big beauties remained single her to run. This seemed to have positive results and soon
and their own individual personalities shone through. she would be performing the most outrageous binkies,
complete with headshakes and sidekicks, before throwing
Isabelle was a laid-back sloth, a great square-headed lunk herself into an attack on Karen’s collection of magazines.
of a thing who stretched out lazily across our kitchen tiles, We began leaving Poppy out in the lounge overnight in
happily blocking off access to the fridge or putting herself order to circumvent her early morning blues. Week by week
right in line with the oven door. We gave her an old Poppy was spending less and less time in the laundry until,
washing basket, turned upside down with a doorway cut in by degrees, it became the case that the lounge was now
the side. Izzy loved to snooze inside her basket. her home.
Sometimes her big square head would emerge from the
opening and she would blink up at us blearily like a giant This was great for Poppy, but less welcome for our other
pink-eyed wickerwork turtle. Occasionally the “turtle” would bunnies, who now found that their lounge room access
hump and bump its way across the kitchen floor! Izzy’s privileges had been greatly reduced. Lulu’s area had
other favourite spot was our paper-recycling box, where already been expanded to include not only her end of the
she liked to nestle down among the supermarket receipts, kitchen but the bathroom and hallway. Now that Poppy had
advertising brochures and mushroom bags. There was only laid claim to the lounge room, these two bunnies had taken
one thing that got Isabelle well and truly fired up: food. She over half the house between them! I couldn’t quite figure
loved it and couldn’t get enough, munching her way out how or why this had been allowed to happen. I mean,
through vast quantities of hay and vegetables, which she these guys had come from a place where they were kept
industriously converted into poops the size of cannonballs! behind metal bars in little boxes with barely room enough to
turn around. Compared to this, our laundry was luxury five
Lulu’s persona alternated between highly relaxed and star accommodation – yet here they were flagrantly
highly on edge, with very little in between. She had a habit demanding more! I deemed it outrageous, but at the end of
of lying in the most uncomfortable-looking, contorted the day anything was better than seeing these bunnies sick
positions, her body going one way and her head the other, and unhappy, so we had no choice but to make the best of
half propped up on the side of her tray or twisted the new arrangements. I suggested to Karen that we might
awkwardly around in her box. If she had been a human as well have the title of our house transferred to co-owners
she’d probably have been the type to wear a hair shirt and Poppy Pop-Star and Loony Lulu!
sleep on a bed of nails. When Lulu started having bouts of
illness that made her feel unwell in the mornings, we took Although taking on the rescued bunnies put additional
to opening the kitchen door to let her run down the hallway pressure on our requirements for space and money for vet
and into the lounge room. This gave us the opportunity to bills, hay and food, we were happy to help in our own small
appreciate the full extent of her insanity. She would scream way to contribute to the emancipation of farmed rabbits.
down the hallway, sliding around corners and crashing into Lulu, Poppy and Izzy serve as a constant reminder that
walls and furniture with alarming force. In between these there is no difference between the animals we cherish as
kamikaze runs Lulu would pause to pose picturesquely companions and those that are exploited for food and other
atop some suitable vantage point – on top of her box, or at uses. As for the practice of factory farming, this evil
the summit of the pile of pillows that had been stacked up industry thrives due to the greed, ignorance and
like the fortifications of a castle in an attempt to stop her indifference of humans – the sooner it is abolished the
from worming her way behind the couch. better.
Name: Poppy Sleeping with rabbits
By Phyllis O'Beollain (Dayton Small Pets Examiner)

Last fall, we were


without electricity for
over a week due to
damages caused by
the tail end of
Hurricane Ike passing
through. As the
weather was beautiful
(once the 60 mph
winds went away) this
Nicknames: “Pop Star”, “Big Bird”, “Destructo-bun” was more of an
Personality: Extrovert, friendly, excitable, mischievous inconvenience than a
Favourite song: Pop Star by Cat Stevens hardship for us.
Favourite food: Better Homes & Gardens magazine
The second night without power, I awakened at 1 a.m. with
Name: Lulu chills and the suspicion that I was coming down with
something. I got another blanket and went back to sleep. A
couple hours later I knew I was sick: I was chilled so badly I
was shivering. I wrapped up in a thick robe, took some
Tylenol and was able to go back to sleep. Oddly enough,
after I got up the next morning, I felt fine. I figured the
Tylenol must have done the trick.

Going to bed that night, I realized the cause of my


symptoms: a severe case of non-functioning waterbed
heater. The mattress was like ice! I had no choice but to
sleep on the sofa. I thought it might be kind of nice, going
to sleep surrounded by my sweet house bunnies.

HAHAHAHAHA HAHAHA The rave party began about


Nicknames: “Loony”, “Luli-loo”” 12:30 am. The rabbits were up all night. They're like little
Personality: Erratic, sooky vampires in fur coats. They shook their rattles made of
Favourite song: Maniac by Michael Sembello (from the metal canning rings and their giant jingle bells. They picked
movie Flashdance) up their ceramic food and water crocks and banged them
Favourite food: Shoes on the ground. Repeatedly. They drank noisily from their
water bottles and gnawed on their lava rocks. They
rearranged the hutch furniture. All. Night. Long.
Name: Isabelle
I have gone past the living room at night after lights out,
and none of this non-stop party action was going on.
Apparently they figured as long as I was in the same room
with them, I should be doing something for them: fetching
food, handing out treats, petting their heads...

It was horrible. After two nights of this, I threw every


blanket in the house on top of that cold mattress and slept
in my room anyway. Blessed silence! Although, now that I
was no longer sleeping in the living room, it had gotten
pretty quiet in there.

I think the old time mobsters had it wrong. I think the


Nicknames: “Izzy”, “The Tank” saying was, “Don’t double-cross us or you’ll be sleeping
Personality: Laid back with the rabbits”.
Favourite song: Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Favourite food: Foooooooood!!!! Gimme gimme gimme!!! This newsletter is dedication to
More more more!! our ever happy & enthuasiastic
Pancake who lost her battle
with kidney failure. We will
always miss you, Karen, Nimal
& Ally xxxxx