The rabbit overpopulation problem came into clear focus yesterday when three very similar articles reported on places being over-run with too many rabbits. One is happening in Colorado, and two others are in England. About a week ago we saw pretty much the same details coming from near Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Colorado Daily news is about large number of rabbits seen hopping wild in Boulder County. Steven Fischer of Louisville told a reporter he chased 20 rabbits off his property one morning recently. A wildlife professional with a Denver animal control company told of a dramatic increase in calls regarding cottontail rabbits invading people’s yards or burrowing under their porches. You can read the whole story at: http://www.coloradodaily.com/ci_21122942/boom-boulder-county-bunnies?source=most_viewed#ixzz21Zl3fd6L
Across the Atlantic, the British RSPCA is describing their situation as a “rabbit disaster” after 88 rabbits had to be removed from one home in Dorset. Immediately after being picked up, one of the rabbits gave birth and yet another is pregnant, so officials expect soon to be dealing with as many as 100 bunnies. Complete details are online at http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9833805.RSPCA_dealing_with__rabbit_distaster_/
As if that wasn’t enough, in a different corner of the U.K. a Chichester rabbit and cat rescue centre has issued an urgent appeal for help as their doors are overflowing. Check out http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/local/sidlesham-rescue-centre-s-urgent-appeal-as-its-doors-overflow-1-4085358 for details.
Obviously these are not the only rabbit rescues that have more bunnies than families wanting to adopt them. The solution to this problem is not easy, but the Hoppington Post believes there needs to be more education about pet rabbits. We can’t simply have rabbits being given away wholesale to anyone who says they want them, because not everyone will want them for a good reason. Far too many rabbits are brought home on impulse.
An excellent video was just added on YouTube that will be a great tool to help prospective adopters learn about what’s involved with keeping a house rabbit. The video is called “Rabbit 101 with Fred the Psychic Bunny,” and, and we would like to encourage our readers to share it with others.
Photo courtesy Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy