Rabbits in Paradise?
At first glance “Happy Glade” looks as though it were plucked from an
European landscape painting. Tall trees sway in a lush green meadow;
graying outbuildings are in the process of gently returning to the
earth, a pond mirrors blue sky and soft clouds. What could be a more
perfect home for that darling little domestic rabbit that you cannot
find a good home? If you were a rabbit, isn’t this exactly where you
would like to live? You won’t have to worry that your rabbit will be
alone; other owners have thought the same thing as you and brought their
rabbits to paradise.
Your rabbit found a burrow beneath a shed with a colony of domestic
rabbits and soon it will have a family and in a few months those babies
will have a family. There will be generation after generation of
Look closer, look down at the base of those lofty trees, there are
owl pellets. Follow the fence line do you see the coyote scat? Did you
notice the tracks in the snow of deep winter; are they from a cougar or
a bobcat? Do you see the hawks swooping or the two eagles wheeling
Look towards the road, do you see two large dogs off leash running
through the field? Now peek in the inside the shed, do you see the
broken beer bottles? Look behind the shed, do you see the fire pit?
Others have found this to be a paradise as well: a perfect place to
drink, take drugs and chase rabbits. What sport!
When winter came snow made an impenetrable blanket covering the
grass, the pond was frozen and the rabbits had to travel farther from
their burrows to find open water. A kind woman saw the rabbits’ plight;
she brought food. This nourishment made it possible for the rabbits to
have even more young; supplying wildlife with an endless supply of
Eventually this kind woman encountered some people who too, could not
ignore the sad existence of these domestic rabbits barely surviving in
the wild. These people were determined to rescue them and contacted
Carmina Gooch with Animal Advocates Society of North Vancouver who
offered advice, people to contact and support. Eleven rabbits have been
rescued to date. Six wary rabbits remain, including a mother and baby.
Every day, efforts are made to bring home the rest as bush-party season
is gaining momentum.
Animal Advocates is providing $750.00 to spay or neuter many of the
rabbits. Winfield Veterinarian Susan Wales generously gave Animal
Advocates a very affordable rate.
This story is true, however, the place is not actually not called
“Happy Glade”. The rabbits were left on private land at the outskirts of
this community and until all the rabbits are rescued we must not reveal
their location in “paradise”.
Katy Pace, North Okanagan Rabbit Rescue