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Mutilated Wild Bunny Needing Euthanasia - What Should I Do?

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  • Mutilated Wild Bunny Needing Euthanasia - What Should I Do?

    I saw an almost full grown wild bunny this morning horribly mutilated. He lost an eye and was paralyzed, trying to drag himself by his front paws.

    I didn't think it was a mowing accident. I don't know what could have happened.

    I moved him to some shady tall grass so he could die. I didn't even want to cause him the distress of being picked up and moved. I didn't attempt euthanasia, thats just beyond me, so I figured he would die soon anyway. I cried and prayed for God to end his suffering quickly.

    Now its the afternoon, and I saw he is still alive. Oh gods. I'm trying to think of a tough skillful neighbor who could euthanize it w/o suffering, but none comes to mind.

    I don't know why he is being made to continue suffering, and I don't know what to do.... its just awful....

    what do smart country folk do in this situation?

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    Break his neck. Quick and painless, its awful to let him continue like that.
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    • #3
      http://www.wikihow.com/Break-a-Rabbit's-Neck

      just do it.
      Do you have a dog? most dogs know how to quickly break a rabbit's neck in their own way- they grab the critter and shake wildly. You could enlist your dog if you can't bring yourself to do it.

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      • #4
        Once I took a mouse out of a trap... my husband was out of town, or he would normally have dispatched it. I can't bring myself to do that. I made him comfortable so he could die with dignity. But he did not die. He perked right up, and lived for TWO MORE YEARS on my desk in a little cage. My husband named him Trapper. He would drag himself around with his front paws and I'd feed him treats of popcorn. I loved that little guy, just looking at his googly eyes made me smile. Just saying, if you wanted a pet bunny, he's obviously a fighter.
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        • #5
          My vet was willing to euthanize a baby bunny one of my cats had degloved.
          Would the box and dry ice thing work?
          Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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          • #6
            If you can't break its neck and get it over with, call a neighbor with a gun.

            This is exactly why I have guns. A 22 for small critters, and a shotgun for rattlesnakes that get too close to the house or barn for comfort. I have had to shot many dying animals. The most difficult are fawns that run into the fence and cannot get up. But as difficult as it is, it is the right thing to do and you can take much comfort in that.
            Rest in peace Claudius, we will miss you.

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            • #7
              A wildlife rehab will euthanize it for you.

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              • #8
                Call your small animal vet and ask them if they will do it.

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                • #9
                  It sounds like his back is broken. Hauling his wild self somewhere would be traumatic. I would just shoot him with a shotgun. Or have someone shoot him. There won't be much bunny left at a close range (I'm not trying to be gross/distastful, just to assure you it will be quick and complete).
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ytr45 View Post
                    I saw an almost full grown wild bunny this morning horribly mutilated. He lost an eye and was paralyzed, trying to drag himself by his front paws.

                    I didn't think it was a mowing accident. I don't know what could have happened.

                    I moved him to some shady tall grass so he could die. I didn't even want to cause him the distress of being picked up and moved. I didn't attempt euthanasia, thats just beyond me, so I figured he would die soon anyway. I cried and prayed for God to end his suffering quickly.

                    Now its the afternoon, and I saw he is still alive. Oh gods. I'm trying to think of a tough skillful neighbor who could euthanize it w/o suffering, but none comes to mind.

                    I don't know why he is being made to continue suffering, and I don't know what to do.... its just awful....

                    what do smart country folk do in this situation?
                    I would reach for my airgun (aka, high-powered pellet gun, not a BB gun or kids pellet gun) and dispatch with a head shot. If the airgun is not regularly used for target or hunting, confirm zero on a couple of acorns first.

                    The right airgun will be instant, extremely effective on a rabbit, and unlike a firearm, very safe to discharge in almost any circumstances.

                    Well, except if that circumstance is in NJ.

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                    • #11
                      hatchet.

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                      • #12
                        ^^^ I do not have a gun, and I am a bit of a wuss, I don't know if I would be able to grab it and snap its neck...

                        What I think *I* would do - is place the poor bunny on some solid ground (like a paved driveway) and give him a heavy blow to the head, sledge hammer, axe, big big rock if you have one available.

                        Something that would be instant, and crushing to the skull.
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                        • #13
                          If you don't have a gun and can't bring yourself to snap his neck. Large hedge clippers will decapitate quickly and cleanly.
                          "I would not beleive her if her tongue came notorized"

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                          • #14
                            Run the poor beast over with your car?
                            I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry

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                            • #15
                              I sure hope it is dead by now, but maybe call someone that can help talk you through the hatch or garden shears euth. I had to do that last time a fawn broke its neck at my place. My ex BF stayed on the phone and talked me through it.
                              Rest in peace Claudius, we will miss you.

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                              • #16
                                Oh for Pete's sake...put the poor thing out of his misery. You've got a lot a good suggestions, put on your big girl panties and end the poor thing's suffering.

                                I regularly take rabbits and mice away from the barn cat when she's been tormenting them for too long and dispatch them. It's part of life.

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                                • #17
                                  PUT IT IN THE FREEZER.
                                  I had a mother bird push some chick/s out of a nest on my porch. I put them back and they were down again, dead, later. I asked my vet neighbor and he said the momma pushes them out b/c they're not right and I realized I'd prolonged their little life by playing God.
                                  I said I couldn't euth. them and he said put them in a shoebox, with a little burial prayer if I wanted, and place in the deep freeze. Easy, painless and fast.
                                  Wuss-y but so grateful for the info. Works for any little critter.
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                                  • #18
                                    I would have stomped on it's head when I first found it, because I would likely have had boots on, but no guns, dry ice or freezers handy. A shovel is a quick method that can be done without getting too intimate.

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                                    • #19
                                      Mr. Fox should come 'round soon. If not a possum, coon, or buzzard.

                                      Sad thing to see. Poor thing. If anything, put it in the freezer.

                                      I have a .22. But I delegate that to my husband.

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                                      • #20
                                        Shovel was my first thought. No dry ice on hand around here.

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