An Angora rabbit came in to a shelter with the name Drake and will leave with the name Rambo. Why? He’s made of tougher stuff than his original owners ever imagined.
And that’s good, because Rambo the rabbit had been severely neglected until the New Hanover County Rabbit Rescue of Wellington rehabilitated him in a complete overhaul, the rescue posted to its Facebook page. The North Carolina rabbit organization, which facilitates homeless rabbit adoptions to good homes, posted the bunny’s story on April 17.
The message started with a “GRAPHIC PHOTOS” warning. That’s because the images display steps taken to heal Rambo, which involved trimming fur matted with feces and urine, treating a prolapsed rectum and applying first aid to the cuts and abrasions the rabbit endured while being closely trimmed, to get several of the large, painful mats.
“He was severely malnourished and he was matted to the point that he literally couldn’t move,” the post reads. “We had to do an emergency clip down to save him in which he received some unavoidable injuries and lacerations and abrasions due to being matted to the skin. He was matted to the degree that he could no longer poop and his rectum had prolapsed.”
Rambo was so starved, his bones were visible through his skin. Rescue workers brought him to a vet following the steps above where he received antibiotics.
“Normally, rabbits die before they are starved as he was — so it is truly a miracle he survived his ordeal,” the Facebook post plainly states.
The rabbit regained weight, grew in a healthy, untangled coat and with the ability to freely move has started playing. Videos show the bunny hopping around his enclosure.
“Now he has been rehabilitated and has good litter box habits… He is now available for adoption via application only.”
Rescuers are rightly concerned about a future family for this fighter.