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Date: 11/23/04 2:14 PM

One of my neighbors has bunnies.  She keeps them in their hutches on her screened patio.  One of the bunnies "Whisper" gets loose periodically but always comes home.  Last week, Whisper spent four days in my yard.  I fed her when she let me get close enough but was unsuccessful in catching her.  Whisper's owner stopped by last Friday because she hadn't come home.  They were on their way to Disney for the weekend.  I told her that I'd put Whisper in her hutch if I caught her.  This morning the owner stopped by again and I told her I hadn't seen Whisper since Friday.  I've checked my yard every day.  After the owner left, I remembered that I needed to water the new sod in the backyard.  While I was back there I looked around for Whisper again.  To my horror, I found her - dead and obviously mutilated by an animal.  It must have happened last night because I had checked around the yard yesterday afternoon.   I feel absolutely horrible that his happened in my yard.  I know I'm not directly responsible but still I feel terribly guilty.  If I had made a greater effort to catch her she'd be alive today.  I know many of you are also animal lovers so I know you'll understand how I feel.  Hopefully, I will feel better in a few days. :cry:

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Date: 11/23/04 2:30 PM

Gigi, don't feel responsible.  It's not your fault at all.

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Date: 11/23/04 2:31 PM

Oh Gigi, that's just awful  :cry: I am so sorry that had to happen to Whisper, and that you had to be the one to find her. As an animal lover, it's difficult to see bad things happen to any animal, and it's devastating when they happen to one that you know.

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Date: 11/23/04 2:41 PM

Oh, I would feel the same way.  But it's really not your fault.

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Date: 11/23/04 2:43 PM

That's an awful experience for you. No way is it your fault. Whisper's owners really had lots of chances to realize they needed to improve her security.

We had neighbors whose bunnies had babies and they let them stay loose in their yard, despite my suggestions that it was dangerous. My cat killed one of the babies in my yard. Awful for all of us, but they finally listened to my pleas to keep those babies in the hutch.

I work part time in a pet store and hear all kinds of terrible endings to pets' lives, very sad aspect of the job. A man came in recently to buy a third bunny for his kids, who had let the first two escape into the yard, never to be seen again. His wife still comes in for supplies, so this one seems to be getting better care.

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Date: 11/23/04 3:01 PM

Oh Gigi, it's not your fault!  It is so terrible to have something like that happen in your yard, though.  Hugs to you.

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Date: 11/23/04 3:31 PM

I'm so sorry Gigi.  How traumatic for you.  Certainly not your fault in the least--it was your neighbors' responsibility to ensure that their bunnies were safe.  But still, I can imagine how awful you must feel.   :unhappy:

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Date: 11/23/04 3:36 PM

Oh, I totally sympathize with you!  What a terrible thing to have to see in your own yard.  These things happen, and that is why I get sooo nervous when my dog gets out.....
Hope you feel better soon!

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Date: 11/23/04 4:35 PM

Thank you all for your nice words.  Another reason I don't let my kitties out.  Last spring, some HUGE racoons broke through my screen enclosure and were looking in at me!  Thank heavens I had the patio doors closed and all the cats were in.  You just never know what's lurking outside at night.  I don't think it was a dog that got to Whisper because a dog wouldn't have been able to squeeze under my fence or climb over.  It must have been some other wildlife.  Sigh, hopefully, I'll feel a bit better tomorrow.  :unhappy:

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Date: 11/23/04 5:15 PM

Gigi, I thought of the tv show I watched last night on Animal Planet when I read this email. They have an "Animal Cops-Miami" and this episode featured a woman who was feeding her cats outside on the terrace by the pool. The neighborhood racoons figured out the routine and were stealing the cats' food and generally being a nuisance. The trapper ended up catching 40 racoons on her property (which were released into the everglades).  Most non-Floridians don't realize that S. Fl is just like Wild Kingdom! (So is NM for that matter, but people seem to expect it here--coyotes, hawks, etc.)

I wonder if a racoon or cat might have gotten to the bunny. Or even a possum.

On a brighter note, the neighborhood roadrunner made another appearance on the back wall today. I see it every couple of days. Cool!

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