RIP-Orphan Jellybean.. by Kat36

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Some of you might remember my little Beanie, who I hand raised from 1 day old as his mum (my pet) died from infection after giving birth.
Every 2 hours for the first week or so, I would be up feeding him with a eye dropper, and warming up his heat bag which fit into his special teddy.
He continued his growth with all of my love and devotion, and grew into a fat handsome man.
About 11 days ago he contracted Mixamitosis (spelling?) from a mosquito, which you can’t vaccinate against (a cruel disease introduced to cull wild rabbits), from which he fought for 10 days. Despite my bathing yukky eyes and nose, keeping up fresh food and water, willing him to stay with me, he could fight no longer and passed away, now pain free, on Thursday night, 6-1-11..
He is now buried in the garden with his special teddy and blanket, and with a cross made specially by my 10 year old son.
R.I.P. little man…


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  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaover 3 years ago

    So sorry to hear about your little one, I love your photos & collage. Fabulous tribute. From infant to adult amazing captures. RIP, Jelly Bean !

  • Thanks so much Jan.. its just to sad, after all we went through, for this cruel disease to just take him… but thats life I suppose.. thanks again, Kat..

    – Kat36

  • Karirose
    Kariroseover 3 years ago

    Oh my dear, how hard it is to lose one so precious. Thank you so much for sharing with us his life. He was so blessed to have you there for him from day one.

  • Thank you for your kind words Kari :)

    – Kat36

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellover 3 years ago

    Oh Kat, I am SO very sorry about your little Jelly Bean:((( My thoughts are with you…

  • Many thanks Cat for being so kind :)

    – Kat36

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 3 years ago

    So sorry to hear that Kat………….you did a fab job at doing your best for him………………….my heart goes out to you.

  • Thanks very much Steph :)

    – Kat36

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 3 years ago

    So sad. he looks so much like our Cadbury who lasted 10 years. Our sympathies.

  • 10 years, wow, thats a ripe old age! Many thanks Al :)

    – Kat36

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    I’m so sorry he didn’t make it!

  • Thank you Cindy.. Its a very cruel disease… but he is now in a peaceful place with his special teddy! Many thanks again for visiting :)

    – Kat36

  • Lenny La Rue, IPA
    Lenny La Rue, IPAover 3 years ago

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. (I’m sure the dating in this post was a minor error). I was torn apart by the death of Jill but her death was natural and, unfortunately, anticipated. What you are describing (“a cruel disease introduced to cull wild rabbits”) is hideous. Are you gently implying that mankind created this disease as bio-warfare??? Forgive me. I was painfully naive when I typed that previous question. I’m not now. I can honestly say I am ashamed by that terrible chapter in the book of Mankind’s Biggest Damn-fool Decisions. I guess nobody thought of the collateral damage or worse, nobody cared.

    Introducing non-indigenous species has been a trademark of the Western mindset yet few introductions have proved worthy even the slightest. If Nature didn’t put something somewhere, it probably shouldn’t be put there by man. That said, pets are a part of people, not merely an “addition to an environment”. With proper care, almost anything can be loved regardless of where it happens to be as long as it doesn’t impact the world outside. Your rabbit had nothing to do with over-populations, or diseases, or habitat yet paid the price for somebody’s mindless “fix”.

    I almost never comment in Rabbit, rabbit!, preferring the wonderful stewardship of Karirose. But this post both saddens and angers me. An innocent life was lost and it was only by luck that many, many more lives were NOT lost to a mutated virus. That may yet happen since the vector is almost impossible to control: insects. >:-/

    My love to you and the rest of your living family.

  • Kat36
    Kat36over 3 years ago

    Thanks so much Lenny for all your kind words..
    Yes, it is a very cruel disease, and I’ve heard that a lot of pet rabbits around this region, did lose their lives over the last few months becase of it being carried by the mozzie.. There is no vaccination against it, so the vets advice was to have them put down, but my little Jellybean was such a fighter I thought he might just pull through, as he was, right up to the end, still drinking water and trying to nibble some food! I was certainly torn between the vets advice and my hearts advice, and had made a couple of ‘blubbering’ phone calls to the lovely girl on reception at my vet begging her to tell me there was something I could do for him other than to put him down, but to no avail (I even had her in tears, as she knew him from when I first starting feeding him at 1 day old!)
    Thank you for making a comment on my Jellybean, and for your lovely kind thoughts Lenny, its much appreciated… :)

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