Would you kill Bugs Bunny?
It’s a common sight along the world’s highways…
Little creatures that minutes earlier were frantically trying to reach the other side of the highway, splattered like a blot of red ink in the asphalt, mangled fur, flesh and bones becoming one with the road.
The brutality of the impacts usually ends their life in an instant. It’s extremely rare that any of them survives, and when they do they usually perish of exhaustion and exposure pressed against the median wall.
It’s really a miracle that a bunny survives such an impact, and it’s even rarer that someone stops the car and crosses the highway to check if the poor animal is still alive. It’s Wildlife after all…
And so, here we have a miracle. Her name is Bunny. BUGS BUNNY!!!
Bugs Bunny was hit by a car in a busy highway… From the road we rushed her to our vet and checked her condition. The results? Her leg is completely shattered. It’s a total disaster. There are shards everywhere. The leg is, however, salvageable using a technique called MIPO (Minimally Invasive Plate Osteosynthesis). We have used this technique with great success in the past, never on a rabbit though.
We then tried to contact several local and nation-wide Wildlife rescues. Each one of them, without exception, told us the same… it’s not logical to operate a wild rabbit. It’s too expensive and there are too many out there to save them all. Let the law of nature follow it’s course and euthanize Bugs Bunny.
WHAT? WHAT????? What nonsense is this? Since when is active euthanasia allowing nature to follow it’s course? since when is the life of an injured wild animal less valuable that the one of bunny born in captivity?
There is no genetic difference between one bunny and the other, I dare saying that the difference between Bugs Bunny here and Phoebe, our friends rescued bunny, is that Phoebe was born in a breeder’s farm, while our Little Hero Bugs was born out in the field and spent the first few months of her life hopping in the fields with her mummy before she was killed by a hunter.
Is the life of a dog born on the streets less valuable than the life of a dog born to a breeder?
Does a feral cat born in a colony is less deserving of our help than a Siamese born to a backyard breeder? If so… why?
This is no Lion or crocodile.. we are talking about Bugs Bunny here.
I think, and I hope you are going to agree with me, that it is going to be better for Bugs Bunny if for once we ignore the experts and we do what we do best. That is, putting at her disposal the latest advances in veterinary medicine, fix her leg, and afterwards, once she is totally recovered, help her find her own place in the world.
Look at her.. is her life worth saving? If your answer is yes, please help us go ahead with the surgery and save her life. Bunnies like her sell in the supermarket at $5 / kg. That’s the market price for a bunny.. but for us.. this bunny is something else.. this bunny is a priceless life worth saving.
Her surgery can’t be delayed for long…
Update October 18
It was a frantic day. Bugs Bunny had to be rushed to the operation table, internal bleeding in the affected area had turned into necrosis. It had become a matter of life and death.
This is, in images and video, the story of the reconstruction of Bugs leg. An operation that we have never seen performed on a wild rabbit but that it was essential to save her life.
Finally…. the image we’ve all been waiting for!..
Bugs Bunny this morning!!!
Update 28 October
Bugsy is doing amazingly well, her mood is great, there is no sign of pain, she has adapted to her new home and bonded with her new family..
Her leg didn’t heal as expected. The necrotic area expanded and fell off, we have applied daily cures, tissue was regenerating but the ciatic nerve has been affected.
It has been a very painful decision but we are going to amputate her leg to save her life. We tried, we did all we could to save the leg. It didn’t work. The priority is to save her life now..
Dear friends, it is with a heavy heart that I must announce Bug’s Bunny’s passing.
We gave her every possible chance, a shot at life, and she was doing very well. Her overall condition was excellent, unfortunately the leg had vascularity problems and was totally necrotic. It had to go.
We operated Bugs, she did very well all throughout but in the end, as we were closing her little heart stopped beating. All our efforts to resuscitate her were in vain. She left us.
I would like to think wherever she is she is looking down at us with her Bunny’s smile and thanks us for standing by her right till the end. I would also love to tell her that her friend LUNA came to the clinic today and that she is doing well… I know.. I know she would love that.
Good bye Bugsy… you’ll be forever remembered down here.