Poor little Sprite and a bunny friend were let go outdoors to fend for themselves. On a cold November day, IHRS heard about this stray bunny and went to catch her. We learned from residents at the nearby apartment complex the bunnies had been set free many months before. They lived outside all spring and summer, and the friend bunny disappeared. :(
We caught Sprite and she has some serious medical issues. We treated her for her fleas, mites, and internal parasites. Radiographs and blood tests have not revealed what is causing her "drunken" condition. Sprite was very wobbly when standing or walking and has a hard time keeping herself clean. She appears to have a neurological condition. It's a miracle Sprite survived as long as she did, not only because of her compromised health, but because a white bunny is easily spotted by predators.
After a few months, Sprite's mobility decreased further. She can no longer stand or hop, but her front end is strong and she pulls herself around. Sprite receives regular acupuncture therapy in addition to her traditional vet care.
Sprite is very happy to be warm and fed now. She will need support for her veterinary bills. We will continue to help Sprite feel better in foster care and give her the best care for her condition. Her special needs are primarily housing and cleaning related, such as providing clean fleece on the floor of her pen (it wicks urine away) and using a modified litterbox for her easier entry. She also needs periodic partial baths due to her incontinence. Despite her disabilities, Sprite is strong in character and alert and interested in the goings on of the household! She loves to eat and gets very excited for salads and treats.
It is illegal and cruel to set a pet bunny free outdoors. Sprite is very lucky she made it to rescue!!
Profile last updated on 6/3/2019