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Unhappy Mysterious Rabbit Death (my sister's bunny)

A couple days ago my sister went to clean her rabbit's litterbox and found him dead . He was only a few years old...she's had him since he was a baby.

What's weird, though, is that his back legs had been chewed to the bones. Like he had chewed them apart before passing away. Other then that he looked normal...what in the world could cause this? I was thinking maybe parasites but would those really only be in his back legs? I've searched and searched through books and websites but didn't get any results (instead I got a journal entry about someone's dog killing a bunny and eating it...with pictures ).

Has anyone heard of this before? It was extremely shocking and upsetting =/. My little sister loved this rabbit very much and didn't expect this .

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-03-2007, 02:49 PM
 
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Wow, that is strange.
Was he also an indoor bunny? Could another pet have done this?

<hugs> to your sister, what a trematic experiance to have to go through with a beloved pet.

(I'm going to ask some ladies inmy rescue group who are very rabbit savvey).
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I'm very sorry for your loss/your sister's loss. If you really want to know answers to cause of death, you could have a necropsy done, but they don't always tell you that much.

My initial question to the chewing was also could it have been post mortem?

However, rabbits will engage in self-mutilation in the case of nerve damage, such as sciatic nerve damage. Could he have fallen, or gotten a leg stuck somewhere and then twisted it? I suppose it could be a possibility, but it's really hard to say.

No matter what the reason, I'm really sorry that the poor bun went through it and that someone had to find him like that. It must have broken your poor sister's heart to see that.
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Aww im very sorry for you and your sisters loss (**(hugs)**)

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also so very sorry for your sisters loss
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Wow, that is strange.
Was he also an indoor bunny? Could another pet have done this?

<hugs> to your sister, what a trematic experiance to have to go through with a beloved pet.

(I'm going to ask some ladies inmy rescue group who are very rabbit savvey).
He's an indoor rabbit but is housed alone. He's also caged when no one is home and was caged at the time he died . There weren't any other animals that could've done anything. There is another rabbit in the room but he is seperate.

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I'm very sorry for your loss/your sister's loss. If you really want to know answers to cause of death, you could have a necropsy done, but they don't always tell you that much.

My initial question to the chewing was also could it have been post mortem?

However, rabbits will engage in self-mutilation in the case of nerve damage, such as sciatic nerve damage. Could he have fallen, or gotten a leg stuck somewhere and then twisted it? I suppose it could be a possibility, but it's really hard to say.

No matter what the reason, I'm really sorry that the poor bun went through it and that someone had to find him like that. It must have broken your poor sister's heart to see that.
He's being buried...I don't think my sister would want/understand a necropsy done.

I don't see how it would've been after his death. He had just died and I don't think the fur and skin would've just disapeared...especially not just on his back legs. It's very strange .

I don't think he fell or anything but it's always possible. My sister always supervises him when he's out and his cage is one floor.




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Aww! I'm so sorry .
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I'm so sorry for your loss (sister's loss). Hugs to you both.
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i'm sorry for your sister's loss....hope you figure out what happened *hugggs*
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Sasami,
I've asked some of my Rabbit savvey fellow rescuers, one thig that came up, is if you had a picture? That would help.
One lady mention her rabbit licking and plucking obsessively and the vet found he has a sore lower back, The bunny was in physio for two months. So a pinched nerve could bethe culpret.

Another asked if ti looked like this at all ....


I couldn't imagine loosing my bunny the way your sister has, and it would drive me crazy not knowing why he passed the way her did.
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No, I don't have a picture. I didn't even see the rabbit...everyone else did. I didn't want to look, to be honest.

My mom mentioned being able to see the bones, though, like there wasn't even much skin left.

I guess a pinched nerve could be it but do they usually just suddenly die like that? The day before he was perfectly fine...no symptoms.




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I'm really sorry for your sister's loss. I can't imagine losing mine like that. Please let us know if you find out what it might have been so we can keep an eye out for anything like this.
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I am so sorry for your family's loss. Huggs.

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