Magic – The Myxomatosis Survivor

Meet Magic; so named because not only is Gwen a massive Queen fan but because it’s a kind of magic that she’s here with us today. Magic has battled Myxomatosis and won.

Magic’s Story

Magic came into contact with Myxomatosis not long after she arrived at Bunny Burrows. As soon as we noticed symptoms of Myxomatosis in the other baby wild rabbits in our care at the time we vaccinated her. Although it wasn’t enough to stop her from getting myxomatosis it definitely helped in her fight for survival.

There is no treatment for Myxomatosis so Gwen was making it up as she went along. There were many a time she questioned if she was doing the right thing but she couldn’t give up on such a little rabbit who was determined to survive. Little Magic needed round the clock care and a carer with a strong stomach.

Poor magic wasn’t a pretty sight. Huge red legions covered her face, her ears, her eye and her toes. These legions needed to be cleaned and treated every day. Antibiotics were given in case of a secondary infection and anti inflammatories to help with pain and swelling.

Magic through different stages of Myxomatosis and the treatment she received from Gwen

Slowly but surely the legions began to dry and drop off. Magic began to look like a rabbit again rather than an angry red blob.

It’s taken 10 weeks of intensive care, hundreds of pairs of gloves, countless disposable aprons, an arsenal of medication and lots of love for Magic to come through to the other side. She will remain with Gwen at Bunny Burrows as one of the resident wild rabbits.


Myxomatosis is a man made virus originally introduced in Australia in the 1950s to control the rabbit population. It is passed from rabbit to rabbit by direct contact or through insects. No rabbit is safe, even if it lives indoors. Get your rabbit vaccinated.