Friday, May 31, 2013

bunny love...and loss

Last week I posted about how we took in a teeny-tiny injured little bunny that the girls doted on and fell completely in love with.


Unfortunately that bunny love was short-lived, as on Wednesday [just less than a week after he came into our care], Little Paws Jr. passed away. Les was holding him - much like in the above picture - giving him his bedtime feeding when suddenly he just died. We knew it was coming though, as other than his belly after eating, he didn't look like he was gaining proper weight like he should've been. He was also not using his back legs properly [due to the slight tiller injury he sustained before being rescued], so even if we could've kept him alive until he was ready to be released he very likely would not have survived "out in the wild" anyway.

Of course this passing happened right before bedtime, so getting the girls settled was a bit of a challenge. The tears flowed freely as they were sad for their devastating loss. Malia didn't understand why we couldn't keep him alive like his Mama would've been able to...afterall, "We were his Mommy," she cried.

It's a life lesson that needs to be learned, however painful. Life comes to an end...eventually. Sometimes it just happens sooner rather than later. And most often it happens sooner than what we are ready for.

I am very proud of them for their nurturing abilities and the big hearts that they have. Les may have done the bulk of the feeding, but those girls provided SO much tender loving care to this little bunny. Everybunny deserves someone to love them that much.


ps: On another note...I just realized that my SIX year Blogoversary was on May 10th. I think I miss it every year - oops! There will be a celebration of this milestone though so check back for it in the next little while. It may even involve a give-away or two...or six?? Stay tuned....





5 comments:

Kathy said...

Aw sad to hear....a hard but important life lesson. Hugs to the girls.

Sheldon Dueck said...

Zeke would've probably eaten him anyway :)... Sorry, I'm sorry for the mourning that the girls have to do for this...

LaughingLady said...

Aww, those lessons are so hard to learn. So painful to watch the kids learn them, too!

(But anytime you want a replacement bunny, you know who to call!)

Margo said...

Awww:(. We once found a little family of lone baby bunnies and tried keeping them alive. They survived about as long as yours did.

TammyIsBlessed said...

It's a tough but important life lesson all right. Thankful for their compassionate hearts!