I realize this is off the usual garden, bird, or vegan topic, but several of you have asked for an update on the rabbit.
If you don’t know, Mordecai recently underwent surgery to remove a large abscess caused by pasteurella multocida, a well-known cause of morbidity in rabbits. Added to the already task-full days of summer, I am now giving injections (yes, with a needle) to a furry animal every two days and flushing the wound sight and giving oral antibiotics twice per day. This, in addition to making sure he’s eating, etc.
With all that, I’m surprised he still comes to me when called. But he does, even with all the abuse. Such a sweet little bun.
Three weeks post-surgery, he is doing better than we expected. We remain hopeful that he will fight off the initial rampant infection, the one that reared its ugly head only a couple of weeks later when he went in to get sutures out. Fortunately, it was only just starting again, a round of serious antibiotics could probably fix it. Hence, the shots. (Bunnies tend to colic with GI upset.)
He is quite the lively little guy now, spunky and pushy even. It leaves us to wonder whether he’s been infected with this bacterial colony since the day we brought him home — perhaps even since the day he was born. Knowing now what his real personality is, we’ll throw everything at it to give him a decent chance of beating it.
Mordie — the one I personally rescued from the field — is still my favorite (don’t tell the other two).
Much of my stress has been in keeping our relationship rock solid. I don’t want him to cringe every time he sees me for treatment, so in order to counter the negative time, I spend more than equal amounts just holding, petting, and generally loving on him with no consequence other than feeling good. There’s a good psychology in it, I believe, for the both of us.
We are definitely bonded. Only time will tell if all I’ve put into his healing will give him a new lease on life. If not, I am — in fact, we all — are prepared for the worst that may come.
Enjoy the videos.
You will notice that his nose quits twitching at 53 seconds, making it look like a freeze-frame end. It’s not! He’s just really, really relaxed. Watch to the end to see the second bun. His tattoo — #485 — was most probably his registered number at the County Fair. (They were dumped by their caretaker in a field to die, remember?) The soundtrack is not mine, but it’s nice and it worked.
This second video is just so cute, my kids wanted me to include it. If I’d left the video running just a few more seconds, you would have seen Magicman come sniffing the camera and paw-box it for me to turn it off. He gets irritated with me a lot. Not Mordie, though. Go figure.
The soundtrack is not mine and…weird. See if you can guess the location.
Well wishes for Mordecai, the sweetest bun in Texas.
Now you know why I’ve been so ‘off-line.’