Puff Passes Away
(Nov. 22, 2013)
It has been a tough month at Wishing Well. Not only was Freida euthanized for humane reasons, Gogo went through a short but severe illness and now Puff has suddenly died. He was found dead in his enclosure on the morning of November 22, 2013, despite appearing to be in excellent health just hours earlier. The cause of his death is unknown. Rabbits are adept at hiding signs of illness and pain and it is important that their guardians are able to watch for distress indicators such as grinding teeth or not eating (http://ontariorabbits.org/health). We did not see any signs of illness in Puff before he passed away. Rabbits also sometimes die of shock if they get a fright – even sensing the presence of a predator can cause this, which is one of the reasons why it is not advisable to house rabbits outdoors. It is unclear why Puff died and we are deeply saddened by his passing. He had come a long way since he first arrived at the Sanctuary after being rescued from slaughter, slowly transforming from initial timidity to becoming a far more outgoing rabbit. Puff leaves his father, Toffee, and his friend, Chloe, to whom he was bonded. May he rest in peace.