Something terrible happened in our rabbit 'village' Monday: Hummer (oldest rabbit, 8y old) got hurt in a fight with his son, Camaro (6y old). Camaro has bitten a piece of Hummer's right ear.
Grace must've seen it happening, because she was barking at the cage in a very strange way! She alarmed us. When we saw how badly he was hurt, we immediately called our vet and we could visit him just 15min later. Our vet was really concerned, because of Hummer's high age. The vet didn't want to put him under anesthetics, so he stitched Hummer's ear back together without any sedation... I held Hummer while the vet proceeded. Hummer was surprisingly calm during the procedure, I feared he'd have a heart attack during... When the vet had stitched the ear back up, Hummer kind of let go a bit, we honestly thought we'd lose him, but as we put him back in his carrier he lived up and started to wash himself almost immediately. That obviously was a very good sign.
Now he's separated from his evil son and lives with his daughter, Shelby, in a smaller cage. We put them together because they get along really well and we know Shelby can get very emotional when she hasn't got the company of her dad. She lived alone for a little while and she got really aggressive, when we put her dad with her, she instantly felt better and they've been inseparable ever since!
We have to keep a close eye on Hummer's well being, but he looks very good and lively. He rests more often, but I think that's also the antibiotics doing their work. He has to have a lot of pain too, because it's such a big bite wound.
|Hummer with his stitched ear...|
|Hummer's ear: 6 stitches|
|Shelby keeps her dad company!|
Anyway we will not put our senior back with the youth. He will live with his 6-year-old daughter for as long as he lives (hopefully that will be another few years).