Friday, 6 May 2016

Spooki


"No, I'm not going to come out and happily eat in front of you. No, I'm not going to rush up and be cute for people who want to stare at me, and no, I'm not going to stop being white and glowy when you try to take photos of me. Be glad I sat still this long!"

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Reservists


"I don't know what this 'Reserved' thing is, but a few other pairs have it now and it sounds like something we want! Any time now would be fantastic."

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Second Chances


Do you believe in second chances?

Earlier this year we attempted to bond one-eared Neon with our oldest resident, ten year old Tibby. It all seemed to be going like a fairy-tale, with much snogging and hanging out together in the sun, until we realised to our horror that at some tiny moment in time, he had injured her. Nobody saw it and certainly they must have made it up again afterwards, and we can only theorise that perhaps his previous bad bonding history (in which he was injured by two females in a row) made him jumpy and Tibby's over-affectionate advances on him might have been mistaken in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately the subsequent separation while Tibby underwent veterinary treatment and observation broke the bond completely and she refused to take him back.

Since the initial signs had been so promising, we decided to wait until they might just have forgotten about the whole affair and then give it another go, but more slowly and carefully.

So far it seems that while Neon is completely accepting of the idea of Tibby as his wife, she appears to have quite the elephantine memory! Here's hoping we can convince her to forgive him!

"Funny... I'm the one you were worried about but now SHE'S being mean!"

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Jester

It is with a heavy heart that I report that our dear little Jester passed away over the weekend.

Seeing him every morning at the Rescue has been such a highlight of the breakfast routine for so long it is hard to remember a time when Jester wasn't here. The earliest photo I can find of him was this one from May 2009:

This was most likely shortly after he arrived. He always had quite a sweet personality and of course always looked handsome and adorable!

Most noticeably, he was fairly bold and very friendly. Not a cautious one, if you were in his enclosure then he was probably on top of you looking for treats!

Though if you didn't have any on you, he was quite happy entertaining himself watching the world go by...

But mostly he was in your face looking for food or entertainment.

Jester was one of the easiest bunnies to photograph and his adorable looks always made for a great picture. Not surprisingly, with so many great photographs of him he regularly appeared here on the blog. His distinctive, happy, (front-) toothless face made him a frequent star of our Monday Mouf feature!

Having no front teeth, his breakfast was always grated. Like most bunnies he LOVED grated carrot, so much so it was best to grate it away from him or you would be repeatedly clonking him on the head with the carrot as he excitedly tried to eat it straight off the grater.

Apart from a recent course of treatment for mites, he had always been a healthy boy with no real medical issues. The first sign that anything might be up was Friday evening when he seemed off his food. The Friday team left a note for us to check on him first thing on arrival Saturday in case he had gotten worse and needed to go to the vets, but sadly he had passed away in the night. He was 8 years old.

A dear sweet fluffy friend who we all loved and will miss terribly. Binky free, Jester.

Monday, 2 May 2016

The Exodus


April at the Rescue has been one of great changes and sudden departures.

Most notable and unexpected was the stepping down of Caroline Collings, the manager and founder of Rabbit Residence, as she moved on to pastures new after two decades. This has preceded a wave of change at the Rescue as Caroline's role passes on to others and future plans are made. One long-standing desire has been to reduce our numbers in the best ways possible so that we can be more efficient and attentive to those we care for.

With a large number of rabbits at the Rescue, many with great health problems or advanced in years, it has become somewhat of a sad consequence that we have our losses. Since Caroline left, we have said goodbye to four rabbits, including chronic abscess rabbit Snugs after his condition grew very severe; newly bonded Crystal after a short and terminal illness and elderly Maylin, whose passing aged nine and a half surprised us all greatly. She had been very happy and healthy until the end.

But those leaving us have not all been so unfortunate!

As well as the new homes of Stilton and Meadow and of rex boy Slipper, the Committee have relocated some of our healthy singles, of which we had many, to other Rescues to increase their chances of a new home elsewhere.

To the Warren Bunny Boarding in Sussex, my dearest Skyla, Socks the rex boy, McLaren and his toothless brother Tipex, new widow Arrietty (who was quickly bonded to a rabbit not entirely unlike Snugs and has a new home already!), Topaz the widow of Jake, and little Olive, who captured the hearts of the staff at the Warren and also is having the time of her life bossing around her two new husbuns as the head of an all fluffy trio.

To Wood Green the Animals Charity in Heydon, Magda, Ellen, big girl Raina, Toyah and Maureen. They also were happy to take the Rescue's guinea-pigs, four of whom were elderly holiday boarders who never left again after their owner was unable to take them back.



While it was sad to see them all go, one must remember that saying goodbye is very much a part of being a Rescue centre and that particularly in the case of the Warren we have remained updated on their progress. The majority of those rabbits are already much in demand if their affections can be won! With their moving on, we have managed to clear out one of our large barns on site, known as the "singles barn" because of its smaller indoor accommodation, and plans are already afoot to turn it into a properly thought out hospital area. We can't wait!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Style Counsel

"I've combed it over, I've combed it behind my ears, nothing works, I don't know what else to do. Humans have rubbish fur, you must all have to deal with this problem every day, what do you do?"

BHV: We just live with it. [sigh]

Saturday, 30 April 2016

The Right Ingredients

"Did I ever tell you how I got my name? Pass me my fruit treat and that bottle over there and I'll show you."