Myxomatosis

Yesterday, as we drove along the lane to go into town for shopping, we had to stop as there was a large rabbit in the middle of the road.

We very slowly drove around it and, as I took a look at it, we noticed that it was very unwell indeed.

It was shaking and seemed unable to move.  As we got closer, I saw that one eye was deformed, bulging and quite red. 

We were about to stop but then more cars arrived and so, as it is a single track road with not much space to pass, we carried on.

The poor creature was not there on our return.

Our online research suggests that it may have been the victim of myxomatosis.  A horrible disease.

7 comments:

  1. When we farmed the disease would peak and trough - almost all the rabbits would die - some, the toughest, would survive and for a year or two there would hardly be any. Then the disease would reappear. I believe it was introduced from Australia to keep rabbit numbers down - it is a cruel and heartless disease.

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    1. It was certainly quite distressing to see the poor thing suffering so much. We do have a problem with them over here but I don't like to see them subjected to such a horrible end.

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  2. Seeing a rabbit with myxomatosis for the first time was one of the most horrific moments in my childhood. I understand that it is now prevalent in Britain's hare population

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    1. We haven't yet seen it in our hares thank goodness

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  3. That is terrible. I heard about it in Australia . Millions of rabbits died. Not good

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  4. I believe this was a huge problem with rabbits in the 1950s or 1960s. I didn't know hares get it. It's a horrible disease.
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