Why baby bunnies don't make great gifts for children....
Some of these rabbits get released into park areas by disillusioned owners. Some places are becoming overrun with the offspring of abandoned rabbits who managed to reproduce before perishing from starvation, predation, exposure to harsh weather conditions, or being hit by cars.
Here are pictures of a few of the rabbits that my kids and I have sheltered over the past few years. These were all pets, and most had been released into greenspaces to fend for themselves, or were surrendered to animal shelters.
Our first rabbit, Hobbit, hopped up to me on the jogging trail at the University of Victoria. He was disoriented, dehydrated, and his back and ears had been badly torn up in a fight with resident wild-feral rabbits. Hobbit is completely blind now, but is otherwise healthy and happy.
Mopsy was left out in the freezing rain at UVic right after New Year's, left to fend for himself. After seeing him for three days in a row, I took him home. After spending several weeks in my living room, pooping behind the sofa and carrying his litter tray across the rug in his mouth, he was adopted by a friend.
To date, Dandelion is the only one of our bunnies to have crossed over. She was with us for a short eight months. I miss her wild, sweet presence.
We have two fostered Whitehorse shelter-rabbits, Gurgi and Black-bunny (aka Cuddly and Lovey ;). They are elderly gentleman-rabbits now, but lively still. They have eaten parts of the lino in the laundry room, and they recently started on the cord of my circular saw.
Petals is Hobbit's bond-mate. We adopted her from the Victoria SPCA after Dandelion died, so that Hobbit would have something to do other than hop around in circles looking for his lost friend. He took to her right away, but it took her a few weeks to get used to him. In the meantime, she lurked in her den, watching for him to hop by. Whenever she saw him go by, she pounced on him like a vampire-rabbit and used his ears as chew-toys. She eventually overcame her vampirism, and now they are inseparable.