Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I AM IRON BUN! (insert scary robotic voice here)

You hear me talking to you?

What's that scary thing in your hand?



This is our darling girl Miss Millie. She is the first bunny at Heartland that bit me and on my first day there as a volunteer! I love this girl. She has been the apple of my eye every since. She puts on quite a show of being a "tough girl". She is really just a big snuggly bun.
I hate the expression "aggressive rabbit". It does such a disservice to bunnies. A bunny will bite out of fear and defense not because they are aggressive. I prefer to think of them as assertive. Lets take Miss Millie for example, when she was rescued by Heartland, she was found in a cardboard box, in an ice storm, in a parking lot, with a severely broken leg. The parking lot where she was found was suspiciously close to a toy for the kids at the daycare perhaps? Maybe an accident with an unsupervised child? Who knows.
It took a long time and many vet visits to repair Millie's leg. What took much longer was repairing this bunny's spirit and trust. A loving hand turns her quickly into a big ole baby. She knows that she doesn't always have to be on the defense and that the hands that reach for her will be kind or full of treats. She is my special girl.
Bunnies will bite sometimes. You have a bunny that is not spayed or neutered and they are carrying a heavy load of hormones with no outlet to relieve them, yes, they might be "assertive". A bunny that has been handled rough or mistreated may bite out of desperation. What other defense do they have? Bunnies that are never let out of a cage will often bite. Imagine you are stuck in your house all the time, nobody talks to you, you never get to stretch your legs, you never get a hug or are shown love from another creature, maybe you don't get to eat on a regular basis. All of a sudden the roof lifts off your house and a giant hand reaches in to grab you. You might bite too.
There is a lot more work to be done in regards to educating the public about having a bunny as part of your family. It has gotten better but Millie is a prime example of how things can go horribly wrong and a wonderful example of what a little love and tenderness can do.


Blogger Rabbits' Guy said...

Time and patience .. good work!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Annette F. Tait said...

When I got Wesley he had been at the rescue for nearly a year and before that he was found on a disused railway line covered in blood and urine!
So he has charged me a few times, out of fear and I've had 3 (tiny) bites because of that.
I have had to take it very, very slow with him. Now he is so much better, 2 years later - every day filled with love, freedom and food.

It's very sad to think of what he had been thru and I can't even begin to imagine, so it's heartening to read about Miss Millie. There is someone out there who is just right for her. Just need the right person :)

5:34 PM  
Blogger Layla said...

IRON BUN... I love it!!!

It's funny, I had a dream last night I took my two bunnies to work with me. They got loose outside, & I lost Bogart in a crowd of other Tan (little black with tan undersides) bunnies. I was wandering around checking all the bunnies to see if it was him. Funny!

5:35 PM  
Blogger Heartland said...

Great reminders Christina of how bunnies view their world and us humans. It is amazing to me the capacity of bunnies to trust again. Millie sized you up pretty quickly when she met you that first day. You passed her tolerance test and she decided you were trustworthy. She loves you and obviously trusts you, high praise from a bunny. My favorite picture is of her zonked out. How sweet that is.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

Thank you for this post, its good to see others giving a voice to rabbits....I am also of the long earred:D Extra love to your bunnies...Mandy

10:59 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Millie is our little snuggle buns!! She loves cuddling, and I LOVE cuddling her. Having her on my lap and loving on her makes me forget everything else, and, judging from her content look, she does, too. It's a special kind of connection with her.

Annette, I'm so happy that Wesley found such a great and loving home after what he must have been through. Thank you!!

5:39 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I dream about bunnies all the time. Mine and Heartland's and buns I have never seen. They worm their way into ever part of us.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

Love this post. Love bunnies. That is all.

8:47 PM  

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