I went to dinner at my friend Stacey’s house last night, and she took me by surprise by whipping out two lop-eared rabbits over dessert. I’ve never really interacted with rabbits before, so I was blown away by their outrageously soft fur and gentle demeanour. I just couldn’t stop patting them!
These two are called Pumpkin and Strudel, and apparently they love chowing down on vegetable scraps (among other things). Stacey being a keen gardener, I had to ask if they brought any benefits to the garden – I kind of assumed that they must, as she’d never expressed interest in having pets before. Seemingly, though, their main talent is just being insanely adorable.
Stacey told me that they were getting a special treat of a strawberry each, because they’d just braved their first calicivirus vaccination since they were relocated to live with Stacey in Brighton. Veterinary clinics around here she said, do tend to cater for bunnies, even though they’re a less common pet than cats and dogs, and Pumpkin and Strudel had been very brave about it despite quivering uncontrollably.
I’m wondering now about what the go is with rabbits and where they fit into the whole thing of pet care. Bayside vet clinics probably have to follow council requirements around that, I would think, but I’ve never heard anything about how that pertains to rabbits. I mean, it seems kind of clear that you might want to stop a male and a female housed together from embarking on a reproduction mission, but I don’t know if it’s standard for vets to perform the procedure on bunnies or not.
Pumpkin and Strudel are both female, which Stacey says means they’re less likely to have a go at one another – although I did notice Strudel staunchly guarding her strawberry, with one eye firmly fixed on Pumpkin all the while.
Anyway, there’s not a lot more to say on this subject, other than I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to clock onto how good bunnies are.