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Bunny Survives Traumatic Abuse Thanks to Vets and Rescuers

By Aly Semigran    June 07, 2016 at 10:11AM / (4) comments

Fuzzy Pants is the bunny with a sweet and adorable name, whose headline-grabbing story out of Jacksonville, Fla., was anything but.


In May, the months-old rabbit was badly injured when a group of teenage girls threw the animal against a wall and then shared the abuse on Snapchat. The teens in question were arrested on animal cruelty charges and the bunny was taken into care by Southwest Florida House Rabbit Rescue


Fuzzy Pants suffered a fractured thigh bone and a broken pelvis, among other injuries, from the incident. She received medical care and eventually underwent surgery at Tampa's BluePearl Veterinary Partners facility.


According to a press release, "BluePearl veterinarians performed surgery to remove the upper tip of the rabbit’s right hind femur, or thigh bone, where it had been broken. Fuzzy Pants also suffered two pelvic fractures, which are starting to heal."


Dr. Scott Fowler of BluePearl, who was one of the vets to care for Fuzzy Pants, says that the bunny is recovering nicely and thinks the animal will be "perfectly fine." 


After her procedure, Fuzzy Pants was released back to Southwest Florida House Rabbit Rescue.


"Fuzzy Pants is doing remarkably well," says Jennifer Macbeth, the organization's president. "Physically she is moving around and playful. She can't use her right leg, but we hope with time she will be able to hop on it. She is also very sweet and craves affection... I think she is just glad to be safe and loved."


Macbeth hopes that this bunny's heartbreaking story will inspire others to foster rabbits and ensure that these incredible creatures get the proper care and love they deserve. 


"Fosters are so important to a rescue," she says. "Most rabbit rescues are small and don't have a facility, so they need foster homes. They are highly social animals, needing daily affection and exercise. Just like a cat or dog, they are domesticated and deserve the same high standard of care. Fosters provide socialization, litter box training, exercise, and love—helping the rabbits to be happy and healthy."


Fuzzy Pants will remain in Macbeth's care until she recovers and can be placed for adoption. "She has a warrior's spirit to have survived her ordeal. Girl power at it's best!"


Image via BluePearl Veterinary Partners 

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  • abuse
    07/14/2016 09:29am

    Shame on those girls for doing this to an innocent animal. As a teacher (retired) I made compassion and kindness towards animals and one another a part of every day. Hopefully, many of those children grew up to be compassionate. I wish parents would understand that learning compassion and kindness needs to start when children are young. There is so much cruelty in this world. It needs to stop.

  • Poor Fuzzy!
    07/14/2016 09:09pm

    Poor little Bunny, I am glad he got help and was taken away from those demented girls, I hope they never reproduce! They should be in jail but, I am sure nothing happened to them, never does! Thanks or helping Fuzzy Pants.

  • Punishment?
    07/18/2016 02:40am

    So what happened to the three witches who injured the rabbit? Were they let off with a hand-slap? Please tell me that they or their negligent parents were at least forced to pay the medicals bills for the rabbit!

  • Horrible Mean Girls
    07/19/2016 07:48pm

    Those teenage girls are absolutely DISPICABLE! The exact SAME thing needs to be done to THEM. What is wrong with the parents?! WHERE were the freakin' parents?? I do not understand how any human with a heart could do this. I hope those UGLY girls see what people have written about them. They should go into hiding! May the worst come their way for what they did!