I remember the email that started it all. A man had written to us very distraught over finding an abandoned rabbit that looked in dire need of help. There was something different to this email. Perhaps it was his overwhelming concern? Perhaps it was the way he was describing the rabbit he found? We knew this wasn’t any ordinary rescue.
By the time we reached Alan, he had already rushed the bunny to a local vet who agreed to see the badly injured bunny. With a bag full of medication, Mayflower made her way to our shelter. Once we got sight of her, our hearts broke. We had never seen a rabbit so full of mites and infection before. It was truly a worst case scenario!
Mayflower was almost unrecognizable as a rabbit. Her face was so swollen and full of crust it was painful to look at her. I’m thankful she was found by such a selfless and compassionate man. Sad to say, I feel most others would have seen her and turned away, too fearful to help thinking she was diseased.
Lucky for her, she was found when she was. We guess that Mayflower only had hours left in her by the time she was rescued. So swollen and taken over by infection, she was unable to see and unable to eat. Undoubtedly, she would have faded very quickly at that point.
Mayflower’s story began when her owners moved from their home and left her behind, outside, to fend for herself. We are sorry to report that there were 2 other bunnies tossed out along with her. Though people have looked for them, they haven’t been seen. We don’t know how long Mayflower survived outside or when she became sick. We do know from experience that her injuries and suffering are common for rabbits let out into the wild. It is why we try so desperately to spread the word and discourage owners from letting their rabbits loose. Unless found by someone who cares enough to intervene, the rabbits face many terrible obstacles before succumbing to the elements.
We are thrilled to report that after being at the Rabbit Center for a couple of weeks, Mayflower is healing! After lots of medication, lots of attention and tons of love, this little bunny is looking and feeling worlds better! Mayflower has a lot of healing left to do still but we are confident that she will pull through her ordeal and be the happy, beautiful bunny she deserves to be!
On behalf of the Georgia House Rabbit Society, I would like to thank Alan for taking the time to step in and catch this rabbit. Not only did he hunt her down and save her, he saw to it that she made her way to a vet immediately and then searched for a rescue to help her through. Mayflower will forever be thankful it was him who spotted her.
As for her name, Mayflower, it was given to her because she was found during the month of May and we feel she is as beautiful as a flower. She has a heart of gold this one!
Below are pictures of Mayflower when she was brought to the center and through her healing process. We apologize for the graphic nature of the photographs but feel it is important and educational to share them with you. We will be updating you on Mayflower’s progress while she is with us and will let everyone know when she is ready for adoption!