Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sad Eyes

Are you prepared for the saddest-looking rabbit, ever?

Meet Hattie:

That's the best pose I could get out of her. She was so terrified that I just gave up and put her back in her cage, where she resumed the same position in the corner.
Hattie was found running around a parking lot. A family who have rabbits themselves saw her, and took the time to catch her and bring her to us.
She arrived filthy and scared out of her mind. She also had ear mites (now treated) and she was a little underweight, although I think that was less neglect and more the fact that no one knows how to feed large rabbits properly. What gets me is her eyes:
Those are some sad eyes. Girl has not had a good time lately.
It's hard to tell in the photos, but she is a giant breed. She's just a little smaller than my Alice was, so I'd guess her to be around 10-11 pounds. She's got the build of a Flemish Giant (the largest breed), but her white fur and red eyes suggests the New Zealand breed, so I can only guess that she's a mix. I can also only guess that she's an accidental mix, because who would breed those two on purpose? People have enough problems with red-eyed rabbits, they don't want them in giant size.
These photos are from when she arrived, last week. We've done everything to make her comfortable and she is starting to improve. It helps that the volunteers are all taking it nice and easy with her. She's much more active now (and she looks better!), and she's starting to come out of her shell. Giant rabbits are the best (not that I'm biased or anything), so once she's spayed, I hope she doesn't have to wait too long. A gentle girl like that should never have eyes that sad.

1 comment:

Bronwyn said...

This one needs a special forever home, that's for sure. With a Golden and a cat (and a ton of rescue mice) in my apartment I couldn't adopt another larger pet but if I could, she'd be the one. Those eyes kill me.