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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Little lost one


Post note: Little bunny died about three hours after I brought him in house. I'm sure the stress was just too much for him. He seemed to be picking up some speed at one point. It is all for the better. He was warm and cared for.

I found a wounded bunny near a hay pile I was moving by the lamb stalls this morning. He had tucked himself into the safest spot he could, and squeaked when I was near by. His hind leg has a puncture wound, through to the bone. He's alive, but I've had my Dr. Quinn episodes with bunnies, wildlife doesn't fare well with human interference even when well intended. I imagine a cat got him. I iodined it after saline bath. He is more alert than when I found him, and I have him at my desk safe from puppies and wandering felines. Not sure if he will make it. He'll die attended though, although the sounds of the dogs playing is probably not helping. He is calm when held.

The wandering array of life continues, as does pending death. These little episodes are not meant to distress, but to remind us of the bigger picture. Life is temporary, and can be snapped away in a bite by man or beast. The conflict of having compassion for but raising livestock to sustain me, the conflict of helping a bunny that eats my food...intertwined.

12 comments:

Mare said...

poor little thing...he will heal or die, whatever will be, but it will be in a safe, warm and dry place, surrounded by Love....

farmlady said...

Life and death is so much more apparent in nature. The cycle so much more obvious. It is a sadness that we live with, as humans, because we deny our own mortality.
I truly hope the bunny survives because, for a while, it will know a warm and caring place.

Cathy said...

The world is a better place because of your compassion, Katherine.

Apifera Farm said...

It's ok. Living as a bunny is a rough life. He died relatively quickly and is buried in the bird/rodent cemetary under nice big trees with chickens walking above him. I knew he'd die, so just glad it wasn't too horrible a death....

Sharon said...

arn't bunnies the sweetest of animals? they have always been a favorite of mine maybe because my grandmother always called my mother bunny...so glad you were able to have him for a while when he needed you...

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Kathrine ~ Flassie told me I should blop over and read about the little lost one. I lost a young hen to a hawk yesterday , left me with mixed emotions , although I know it's nature's way.

~ Many Blessings ~

Apifera Farm said...

Joyce Ann- so very sorry, I dread that happening here, and it hasn't...yet. I know it must have been gut wrenching. Know this- the chicken most likely died quickly, I know that might not help, especially if you witnessed it....Sharon- bunnies are the epitomy of cute.

By the way, my vet called and told me - the bunny most likely also had a broken back or neurological trauma- which since he wasn't able to move hind end makes sense. ANd he reitierated what I learned earlier - NEVER give a rabbit penicillan [which I didn't, but now I know it's a hard fast rule].

maccandace said...

Oh, I'm glad you found the little bunny so he could die warm and cared for instead of alone and scared. When I was young and living in the midwest, our cat would often find baby bunnies and not even harm them but scare the mom off so we would have to bring the bunnies in. A few survived and were released when they got bigger but most died. I think bunnies go into shock very easily. It's a sad world for many animals.

maccandace said...

Oh, I'm glad you found the little bunny so he could die warm and cared for instead of alone and scared. When I was young and living in the midwest, our cat would often find baby bunnies and not even harm them but scare the mom off so we would have to bring the bunnies in. A few survived and were released when they got bigger but most died. I think bunnies go into shock very easily. It's a sad world for many animals.

Zan Asha said...

Oh, poor creature! But at least perhaps his last moments he knew peace and calm.

Cynthia Jill Photography said...

Oh my goodness, that is so sad!! Poor little bunny :( You did a wonderful thing for him or her though!

Ruth said...

That poor bunny. At least he had your kindness at the end.

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