Rabbit shot with blow-gun darts in Colorado rescued, ‘doing OK’

SUPERIOR — A young rabbit shot with 8-inch blow-gun darts — likely the same one neighbors reported seeing last week — was found over the weekend and taken to the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. 

Rabbit rescued in Superior with blow darts sticking out of its upper left side and thigh (Photo: Photo: Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center )

 

“It makes us angry to see something like this,” said Lindsey Goodwick, Greenwood’s volunteer services manager. “It worries us that someone thinks this is fun and might still be out there doing this to other animals.” 

Children spotted the injured rabbit the afternoon of Aug. 30, according to the  Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. A woman in the neighborhood reported that the rabbit had been “hanging around” four or five houses at the intersection of Raymer Lane and Stoneham Street. 

The children, who couldn’t catch the rabbit as it slipped under fences, said it was hit in the back leg and in its side. Goodwick said the bunny at Greenwood had darts in its upper left side and thigh. 

Goodwick said the darts have been removed and the rabbit, which appears to be a young female, is “doing OK” and is expected to recover. Once recovered, the bunny will to be released back into the wild — though it won’t be released into the same neighborhood, she said. 

The neighborhood where the darted rabbit was recovered is the same one where a dozen darted bunnies were found several years ago. 

In 2006, a 1-year-old cottontail narrowly survived being hit in the head with a blow dart. That 3-pound rabbit was found near Raymer Lane with a yellow-tipped dart behind its right ear and jutting out from its face, according to an incident report. 

At the time, residents had complained to authorities about seeing a dozen or more darted rabbits in the area and finding loose darts that apparently had been shaken off by rabbits in their yards on Stoneham Street, according to a report. 

At one point, animal control officers said, authorities suspected a group of juveniles and found them in possession of a dart rifle. But they wouldn’t admit to anything, and officers never filed any charges because of a lack of evidence. 

Suspects in the most recent darting could face fines and charges of cruelty to animals if investigators find the shooters and prove they meant to harm the animals. But people can legally kill rabbits on their property if they can show that the animals were damaging their property. 

People who are licensed also can legally kill cottontail rabbits during the small game-hunting season, which opened last Wednesday — after the initial sightings of the darted rabbit — and runs through March 31, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife. 

For more information about the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which is recruiting volunteers to help care for more than 300 animals, go to greenwoodwildlife.org

Source: www.DailyCamera.com  

Northern CA: Bunny Art Show

SPCA Bunny Art Show
by Joan Wegner
  
The bunny art show has been a MAJOR success already. The concept of the show was to have the artists create portraits of our rabbits looking for forever homes and help us show rabbits as unique, worthwhile pets. The artists took part in the show to help with animal rescue. They are animal lovers but most have never had pet rabbits. They have been wonderful.

The artists are doing more than I ever imagined. Many are adding more artwork this month. They are still painting because they have bonded with the subjects, our bunnies!    

It’s wonderful for us to get all this attention for RABBITS. It’s time to treat rabbits and other small animals with as much love and respect as dogs and cats!    

Linda Ryan, an artist in the show, organizes ArtWalk –a large annual art show in downtown Livermore. Linda just offered to have a small display in her gallery during ArtWalk about the bunny art show! Linda was the last artist to join the show but she totally supports the concept. This small display is precious space.    

Portrait by Eileen Crowley

 

Many people who would never buy a dog or a cat buy small animals because they are unaware that small animals are available at shelters and with rescue groups. PetFinder lists over 500 rescue bunnies in the Bay Area. The art show is at the East Bay SPCA. EBSPCA does not have rabbits for adoption. Rabbits are only available the first Saturday of the month at our event. But for the run of the art show, nearly 2 months, visitors at the SPCA are looking at the art. They are learning that rabbits should be adopted and not purchased. This is significant for rabbits.    

The Bunny Art Show showcases the work of professional artists and young art students who created portraits of adoptable bunnies offered by the House Rabbit Society, Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, individual rescues and volunteers from local shelters who meet at the East Bay SPCA in Dublin. Our next event is Saturday, Sept 4th.    

Eleven artists— Michelle Chan, Eileen Crowley, Valerie Daft, Carol Hart, Kathleen Hill, Lenore Kreit, Diana Marion, Christine McCall, Linda Ryan, Marcy Schaaf and Shelly Yen—created more than 60 portraits. The art will remain on display at the East Bay SPCA through the end of September.    

Artwork can be purchased during regular business hours at the East Bay SPCA, Tri-Valley. 20 percent of all proceeds go to support the SPCA.

Coming to a DVD near you: Rabbit Fever

Note: I hope someone makes a documentary about rescued rabbits. If you care to comment about the film, visit Rabbit Fever’s  Facebook page.      

Amy Do, Rabbit Fever director

Filmmaker Amy Do had always harbored a love for rabbits growing up, but she’d never quite fallen down the rabbit hole, so to speak.      

Sure, she had a doll-sized couch in her apartment that she let her rabbits lounge on, but she wasn’t “rabbit people.”      

That changed once she decided to get a purebred bunny.      

When Do went to a Los Angeles-area rabbit show to see what was available, what she encountered shocked her. “There were these big, hairy men with equally hairy rabbits,” Do tells PEOPLEPets.com.      

Some were beautiful, exotic varieties, others were as big as small dogs. “It looked like something out of a Christopher Guest film,” she says. “And since at the time I was going to film school, I thought, ‘I should do a short film on this.'”      

Soon after, she had a 20-minute documentary about the show, and got some unexpected feedback.      

“It was subculture shock; there are some obsessive people in the rabbit hobby,” Do says. “My classmates were flabbergasted.”      

Her film school professor, Chuck Braverman, encouraged her to continue working on the project and to turn it into a feature-length documentary, so Do traveled to Kansas, where the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) was having its 2003 National Convention — the Westminster for rabbits.      

“At first, I was just in awe of everything. There were over 20,000 rabbits at the show that year,” Do says.      

She decided the narrative would be a coming-of-age story about the teenagers who studied the numerous rabbit breeds to try to become National Rabbit King and Queen at the convention.      

It took eight years. Do used all her vacation time to travel to ARBA’s convention year after year. Then she quit her day job, and used the money she had saved to buy a home to finish the film. Finally, after editing down 156 hours of footage, Do had 83 minutes of a new film, one she called Rabbit Fever.      

The rabbit community supports the film.      

“They consider me family, definitely,” Do says. “Going to the screening felt like being home again.”      

Source: PeoplePets.com

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