Gwen has been nursing 7 baby rabbits which were recently brought in to Bunny Burrows. They have started eating independently but Gwen is still feeding them milk regularly to make sure they keep their strength up.
And as you can imagine, she is having to check visitors pockets as they leave because they are sooo cute!
Bunny Burrows are pleased to announce Gwen has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Gwen has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to improve the lives of small animals; both through rescuing and education. Run from her home, Bunny Burrows was setup in 1996 by Gwen and her late husband John. Together they have rescued many animals and given them a new chance of life, either as permanent residents or through re homing.
Over the years Gwen and Bunny Burrows have received several awards and nominations. Last year she was recognised for her work rescuing Hans, an abandoned dutch rabbit who needed major surgery and nursing – although Hans did take all the credit. 3 years ago she received the CEVA award for volunteer of the year, giving her an excuse to buy a new dress and let her hair down for one night (and getting to meet Brian May).
Bunny Burrows has a new enclosure for the wild bunnies to play in. Unlike the domestic bunnies which can be trusted to run ‘free range’ around the garden and are easy to get back into the garage at the right time, the wild bunnies need to be exercise in runs and large cages due to their nature.
In fact there have been a few occasions when one has escaped while being transferred from runs to carry cases at the end of playtime and Gwen has had to mount a military operation to corner them and get them back safely before they can escape the fortress like garden.
With the building of the new enclosure they have more room to run and climb, and it is easier and safer to collect them up at bed time.
It is bunny cuddle time in the colony with Dotty, Walter White, Coco and Smarty Marty all snuggling up together to keep warm.
We’ve also got a few new faces at Bunny Burrows, in the shape of 6 gorgeous babies. Mum came to Bunny Burrows a few weeks ago after being found abandoned in an empty house. She seemed healthy and showed no signs of pregnancy until the day she gave birth. Incredibly none of the babies look anything like mum.
Mum and babies are all doing well and getting up to all sorts of mischief!
Last week we received a call from Aire Veterinary Centre in Headingley, Leeds, asking if we could rehome a bunny for them which had been found by a member of the public as a stray and taken to the vets. Upon inspection it was found she had a mammary tumour, and they operated to remove the mass and spay her.
Cases like this are sad but unfortunately becoming more and more common. More of the rabbits coming to us as strays have health problems, and it is possibly due to owners releasing them when the realise they can’t afford the vet bills. What is more frustrating is the risk of this type of cancer could have been greatly reduced had she been spayed. Again this probably wasn’t done due to cost. People still see rabbits as a cheap pet, but caring for any pet properly is never going to be cheap.
The little bunny, named Hope, has fully recovered from the operation and is full of life, spending her days trashing her new home.