||Four years old|
||Hazel Green, Alabama, USA|
My name is Lucy and I'm a rescue rabbit. Mom's friend, Ruth,
The Bunny Gardener,
helped her find me and my boyfriend, Ricky.
Ruth helps lots of bunnies like me. Many people think bunnies are great pets
for children. But we are not like dogs or cats, and sometimes we need special
care. Mom has a bunny that keeps getting an abscess jaw. That can be
expensive. At that point, a lot of people would just turn her loose and think
she could take care of herself. That is not true one bit, a domesticated
rabbit will not survive in the wild. Or they would turn them in to a shelter.
That's where folks like Ruth come in. Ruth told Mom about a lady who didn't
have time to take care of us anymore. Bunnies need a lot of care. Our cages
need cleaned, and our nails trimmed, and we need the right foods, too.
Ricky and I were together for a year, and never had babies. So Mom thought we
were "fixed." Forty days after we came to her house, I had four babies.
Bunnies have babies in thirty-one day gestation period, so I was not pregnant
when she brought us home. I had four babies, but two died. My daughters, Puff
and Lee, survived and live with me still.
That is definitely another thing to consider when thinking of buying a rabbit,
especially for children. I'm not so bad, but Mom has seven bunnies and some
of us scratch and bite. We are not as domesticated as dogs and cats. So if
you are thinking of getting one of us cute, cuddly little creatures for
Easter, or any time, please really consider the decision.
Most vets don't know much about rabbits, so if we get sick, there aren't many
people to take care of us. Study up on rabbits and see that we can be a lot
of fun, but we are a living being and we need special care. Maybe a stuffed
bunny at Easter may be a better choice, unless you love us as much as Mom
does, and are willing to take care of us.
Of course, everyone here has now been spayed and neutered. This is also
important for health reasons, as well as no "surprise" litters. I really do
love my bunny daughters, as you can see, and mom says I have been a good
first-time parent, too.
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