Bunny Recovers (Videos)

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.’

15 thoughts on “Bunny Recovers (Videos)

      1. Not that I’ve been able to discern. Typically, a bag of grass clippings is just the leaf matter that is cut from the top of St. Augustine grass turf, cut long and not shredded (lawn crews use regularly-sharpened, bagging blades for quick mows).

        These bags are big due to the large-sized yards. They pay upwards of $100 for someone to do this for them because they don’t like the ‘mess’ grass clippings make. Egads! Good thing they don’t know my dirty little secret. ;D

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      2. Ah. The lawn crews here haul off the clippings. Maybe they share our dirty secret and have their own compost heap! I’ll just keep gathering the leaf bags…I just need to remember to gather a year’s worth and not just what I need right then.

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      3. Yes. One can’t ever have too many leaves. But in their absence, newsprint and cardboard works in a pinch, and these are easily obtained from the local grocer or recycle center.

        But grass clippings! When you need them, you need them NOW, like in the middle of summer. So glad to have found a cache.

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    1. Thanks for the thoughts, Julie. He’s doing great!

      Kids in the tub. John thought it was fitting since the buns were taking their own version of a bath. The bubbling blowing cracks me up when I hear it!

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  1. What a good bunny-mom you are!

    I’m ashamed to admit I still haven’t watched that video. I got inspired enough to compost to start dumping all my veggie garbage in one corner of my tiny garden. Unfortunately, it started with a bunch of rotten onions and I dumped it right next to my screen porch. Now it stinks when I sit out there relaxing with a nice glass of wine. Waaaaah!

    That 3×5 spot and one big pot of basil are the only things I can get to grow around here because we are possessed of equal parts shade, weeds, and gardener apathy. (hangs head in shame)

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    1. Aw, Peg! So nice to see you pop in, especially for my sweet bunny post. He’s doing great, naughty even.

      As for your compost, there are certainly right ways and wrong ways — rotting onions are not a right way to start a pile! No worries about the movie, but it is really more about ‘feeling good’ about what is going on on the planet (as it comes to our soil) than it is about being a soil Action Girl like me. You should sit down and watch it if for that alone.

      I posted about how to start a compost pile a while back (http://wp.me/p28k6D-1IC). I start MANY piles, because that’s how I garden. It’s really easy to do, but be sure to put enough ‘brown’ (cardboard, newsprint, leaves) to counter the smelly ‘green’ (your onions) or you may regret it. Bacteria are some smelly, burpy, farty guys. The fungi help to counter their party.

      Gardening has something for everyone, even the apathetic shady variety. I still don’t call myself a green thumb. I kill many, many plants. Cheers!

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