Oh, I’m bein’ followed by a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadowLeapin and hoppin’ on a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow
This entry is very hard to write… It’s a sad, day here on the homestead, our sweet Moonshadow passed away this morning. The poor thing battled but the fly strike was worse than previously thought. Jordanne held Moonshadow as she died from toxic shock as the larvae ate their way out of her alive. Before she died, Moonshadow licked Jordanne as if to say ‘thank you for a good life, you tried your best.’ So very sad, very sad. I am still a little shaken and sickened… it’s been a traumatic experience for all involved…. we tried our best.
Doubt, blame, anger, grief all these thoughts are consuming our thoughts now. Dwarf bunny’s average lifespan is 4-7 years and she was nearing 3 1/2. We keep going over and over (and over) in our minds if we could have prevented this — could this have been somehow our fault??? What’s puzzling is that the flies normally will attack a bunny who isn’t cleaned on its backside and Moonshadow was kept clean. So we are suspecting that she may have had an underlying cause that was sensed by these damn awful flies. We have 2 rabbits the same age, bought from the same store and both on the same diet and kept in the same environment.
Only Moonshadow had gotten sick all these years. Not too long ago, Moonshadow had another attack of Pasteurella and once bunnies have this they really never get rid of it (she had an her first attack after we brought her home from the pet store which probably got her from a “bunny mill”). We are going with our gut feeling here on figuring out why whole experience happened to her. Backtracking, it seems that after her Pastuerella attack, her gut slowed down which brought on a hairball incident (with her fresh green diet she should have never had in the first place) During this “slow down period” flies must have sensed her weakness and laid eggs in her scent glands. The first hatching out last Sunday and again today — poor baby. There was nothing we – not even a vet could have done at this point once they’ve laid inside.
Thankfully with her being a bunny, nature has it that they go into shock and don’t feel any pain. Even then, it’s a horrid away to die and a very traumatic experience for all of us. Death was a relief to her and we are grateful for that.
Thank you to all those who wrote and expressed concern, it certainly helps us through the dark time. We will miss her very much, we (and her pal Sierra) mourn the loss. We did our best and I guess that’s all she could ask, but it still hurts.