Bunn-Yee's StoryBunn-Yee is owned by Chris Baxter, a friend I made through the internet.
Bunn-Yee is a three year old neutered male house bunny with full run of our home 24/7. He is not destructive and our house is really bunny-proofed too. But it's also that he's unusually non-destructive because I know there are things that bunnies would love to get a hold of and he just leaves them alone.
We call Bunn-Yee the Incredible Housekeeping Bunny because he always makes sure after he eats that he arranges any of his un-eaten fresh foods back the way they were before he started eating. He also once removed a wooden chew stick that we were using to prop open our linen closet door because he uses the bottom of it as one of his nests. He replaced it with a chewed toilet paper tube! It works just fine so we've left it as it is. We should have named him Einstein but we never knew...The only problem that our perfect Bunn-Yee has is that he cannot tolerate being held or handled. Even our vet, who is a rabbit vet, cannot handle him at all. He must be gassed to even be examined. So,all is not perfect and wonderful. I think we'd be so happy if we could hold him. He does love to be patted though. We believe he acts this way when being held due to what happened to him surrounding the way we got him...here's his story.
Bunn-Yee was an abandoned Easter pet in our neighborhood. He took up residence in our huge yard that is surrounded by tall, three foot thick, impenetrable oleander bushes. We live in Phoenix, Arizona. We didn't know about bunnies and didn't even have the internet then. Bunn-Yee lived in our yard free roaming for about a year and a half. We were feeding him bunny food but he lived a lot on various leaves and grasses and plants that grow around our yard too.
We believe he was kidnapped out of our yard by some horrible gang teenagers. (I have no proof they actually did it or if it was them, but I believe it was.) They held him for 3 weeks and I believe they tortured him. He was almost dead when we got him back and he had a bad case of pinworms. When they released him, they never intended that he would survive because they released him into a fenced yard with a pit bull dog. It was truly divine intervention that helped us to get him out. My neighbor was kind enough to call me and let me know that she had seen him in her next door neighbor's yard. They weren't home at the time. It was the first and only time he has come when he was called.
My husband dug an escape trench under the fence. My son held a broom handle through the fence to try to keep the pit bull from lunging and I held a leaf like the ones in the foreground of his picture above and called him. He was hiding under a shed. He had to make a two foot sprint but he did it after about an hour of calling him and we herded him into a cat carrier and he has lived in our house ever since. We later got the internet and were able to litter train him. He had been going on my bed and I just kept a shower curtain on it during the day and shut him out at night and he held it. We had litter boxes with carefresh in them all over the house but he wouldn't use them at that time. I didn't care what he did, just so he was OK. He could have done anything and it was fine with me. To be honest, we don't try to pick him up anymore. He really hates it if we even act like we're going to turn him over or even reach under him.
He's been through so much that we just try to give him as peaceful a life as possible. He's been living in our house now for a year and a half.
After years of living happily in our home, Bunn-Yee’s life came to an end on December 20,2000 as a result of severe and worsening molar problems that could no longer be treated successfully. He will never be forgotten and he will always be missed and loved.
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Last Updated: September 30, 2002 09:43 PM