jamie goode's wine blog: Bunnies

Monday, November 06, 2006


It seems a bit silly to develop affection for an unrewarding pet like a rabbit, but there was sadness in the Goode household last week when a fox took one of our rabbits and injured the other. It was around 10.30 pm at night, and I forgotten to put the rabbits back from their run into their hutch. It wasn't the first time... But this time a fox broke in, and by the time I got outside to see what was happening it was too late for one bunny. I managed to rescue the other, but the next day it was clear it had problems, and the vet confirmed this (broken tarsus). The vet seemed keen to treat the bunny, but with costs estimated at 350+ we thought this was ludicrous. So we had to say goodbye to this one as well. Apparently foxes are a huge problem for rabbit owners. We let the rabbits have run of the garden during the day, sometimes (it was tricky to catch them afterwards).

So farewell bunnies. For the last few months I've been the only one who can handle them (they were biting Fiona and the boys, but not me), and I developed a mild affection for them despite their unfriendly nature. We always think that we cherish the things we love, but it is also true that we love the things we cherish.



At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Kinley said...

Urban foxes are indeed a problem for pet owners. Rabbits and Guinea pigs are frequently taken, and I have heard reliable reports of cats and even dogs being attacked. The injuries sustained in such an attack can be extensive and severe, requiring multiple surgeries to repair both soft tissue and orthopaedic injuries. The skills required to treat such injuries are little different between cats, dogs or even people, and as such can be expensive.

At 8:27 AM, Anonymous keith prothero said...

You certainly have a gift for writing Jamie.I love your last sentence.Is it original or have you pinched it from someone?

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Keith, thank you for your compliment. it's original.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks for that - we have two cats but fortunately they seem to stay out of the way of urban foxes.

I used to think foxes were quite cute. When I started at University, the zoology department was based in a modified large country house just off the campus, and they had a pet fox.

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those rabbits that bite can be real bastards, can't they Jamie? My daughter had one that became absolutely viscious. In the end it was a relief when it caught some fatal illness.

Get guinea pigs - they're much less bother. They're equally as unrewarding as rabbits, but gentle and engaging and much easier to deal with.

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Jan-Tore Egge said...

Maybe I shouldn't be saying this, but bunnies are very good to eat.

At 4:45 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Understandably, Jan-Tore, I didn't consider eating mine.

At 4:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabbits are wonderful and affection animals that deserve far more than they receive as outdoor pets. Indoors they are loving & very much part of my family. If you spent more time getting to know your bunnies, you would have realised they are wonderful members of the family. As for eating them, why not just eat your dog or cat as well! Same thing!

At 12:44 AM, Blogger Sharon Rose said...

"Unrewarding?" You obviously didn't allow your bunny to develop socially. If you ever get another, bring her inside. Litterbox train her. Give her some toys and spend time with her. They are easily as smart as cats or dogs - in fact my rabbit has a bigger vocab than my cats. And a wicked sense of humor!

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i am the biggest buny fan ever! i have two pet rabbits named elizabeth and poppy. the are lionheads and they a black!! my rabbit, which is elizabeth, likes to eat snow. my sisters rabbit, which is poppy, loves to chew and elspeailly my jumpers!!!! i LOVE bunny because any my toys,school stuff e.g pencil case, and background computers pics are well you might know

love hannah,lucy adams

and our bunnies elizabeth and poppy

At 3:11 AM, Blogger Davenjo79 said...

This is a beautiful picture. I am writing a childrens book about bunnies and i was wondering if you would allow me to use this picture in my book. Please let me know asap at davenjo79@yahoo.com. Thank you very much.

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At 6:37 AM, Anonymous Haley leuband said...

jamie that is very sad and I loved how you said the last sentence its very true. I have a dwarf bunny and her name is honey bunny. I toke her outside for some fresh air and she almost got killed by my cat oreo. But shes fine and i love her. I hope you fined another friend like mine.

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