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Mystery death of dumped rabbits
SIX baby rabbits which had been dumped on a Kidderminster woman’s doorstep have died, possibly as a result of being interbred.
The six-week-old bunnies, which were in a litter of nine, died despite being seemingly healthy when checked by a vet.
Three have survived and carers are asking people to provide a home for them.
The rabbits were left on the doorstep of a home in Stourport Road on Saturday, August 3.
Margaret Layland, RSPCA Worcester and mid- Worcestershire small animals rehoming co-ordinator, said she was trying to reunite them with their owners but no-one had yet come forward.
“We had wondered if they were being dumped because people were going on holiday but we haven’t had people coming to us wanting to give up their rabbits,” she said.
“We are pretty sure they have been abandoned because we have tried to find their owners but nobody has come forward.
“People don’t think of it as the same as dumping a dog because they assume they will go live with the wild rabbits but that isn’t the case.”
Mrs Layland said domesticated rabbits did not know how to fend for themselves in the wild and were also used to being handled.
The remaining three rabbits from the litter are now being cared for by volunteer Sarah Coleman in Malvern. If they survive they will be neutered and vaccinated and, hopefully, rehomed.
“Without having a costly post-mortem examination, we can’t be sure of the cause of death,” said Mrs Layland.
“On arrival they were health checked at the vets and all was well. They were also eating and drinking well.
“If animals are interbred, they are prone to deformities and we believe their internal organs haven’t developed.”
Anyone who wishes to offer one a home or knows who left the litter on the doorstep should call Mrs Layland on 01905 421849.
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