Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hagrid, my sweet giant bunny

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Yesterday morning when Haven went out to feed the bunnies, he ran back in and asked me to take a look at Hagrid. He was laying on the other side of the yard and had flies around him. Haven called me instead of going up to look at him more closely. And I'm thankful he didn't see what Marshall and I saw.

Apparently during the night Hagrid was mauled to death in what I can only imagine was a vicious and violent death. Much of his face was missing. His eye was gone. His whole head was bloody. Looks like whatever got him first grabbed him by the foot because that was badly damaged as well. I don't know if I can ever get that horrible image of him out of my head.

It was far more damage than a cat could do. And raccoons usually only attack injured or baby bunnies. And quite frankly Hagrid was bigger than any of the racoons here. The only thing we could think of was that it was possibly a coyote. Now in the 11 years we've lived here, we've never seen a coyote in our neighborhood, though we know there have been coyote sightings blocks north of us.

Perhaps the L.A. Fire (the largest L.A. fire in modern history) has driven coyotes further south into more residential areas. That's very possible.

All I know is that out of all of our bunnies, Hagrid was the bunny I loved most. He would run up to me when I was in the backyard, nudge my leg and want me to scratch his cheeks just like a kitty. He was a gentle giant that was sweet with the kids and other animals.

He will be greatly missed.


31 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry Julie...what a sad thing to have happen, on many fronts. Just think of him hopping around bunny heaven with huge carrots. I'm one of those people who thinks we'll see our pets again. Hugs...

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  2. so sorry to hear that julie. hugs.

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  3. I can't imagine how horrible that was. So, so sorry.

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  4. i'm truly sorry julie...
    (((hugs))) to u...

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  5. Julie I am soooo sorry and so sad to read this post. Please know we are keeping you in our prayers. There is truly nothing harder then losing a pet you love so much. You seem to have had a rough go lately... blessings friend.

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  6. That is just terrible! I am so sorry for you, and your family-seeing you guys with your bunnies has always made me think twice about getting one-Your love for them always shines through...
    Hugs to you today!

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  7. I loved your big bunny too Julie. I told remember telling my family members about the cute giant bunny one of the bloggers adopted. I know this has to be tough on everyone. Geesh!

    Sending you guys a hug))))))))))))))))

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  8. You know my heart aches for you and I am likewise glad that Haven did not have to see that image that will surely haunt you in the time to come. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet this gentle giant. He was a sweet bunny.

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  9. Oh Julie! I'm so sorry to hear about Hagrid. That' is soooo not fun. We've got a lot of coyotes around us -- we had to close the window last night becasue they kept howling -- but luckily we haven't had any issue (then again, inside only cats! For a reason!). *hugs*

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  10. OMG that is so horrible! Sorry for you guys.

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  11. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Hagrid to both you and your family.

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  12. Julie, so sorry. He was so sweet. He knew you loved him very much and you took such great care of him. Poor Hagrid. Give my love to everyone.

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  13. Oh, Julie. I am so sorry to hear that. Poor Hagrid. Thinking of you.

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  14. I can't even imagine finding your family pet like that! I am glad that Haven didn't see it either. Ya'll have been through a lot lately - I'll be thinking about you!

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  15. You're probably right about the fire. Sorry, girlfriend.

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  16. oh Julie, I can't believe it! That is horrible. I'm so so sorry. Poor lovable Hagrid. And poor you!

    Sending virtual hugs your way.

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  17. I'm so sorry. How horrible. I hope he didn't suffer.

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  18. Dearest Julie, my heart breaks for you, as the lost of a beloved animal can be sometimes close to losing a child when you get attached. I know when I lost my dearest Rocky, my cat, It effected me horribly. I know you loved him, and I know he knew he was truly loved. I am sure he is in bunny heaven with all the pets and love he could ever want.

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  19. Oh Julie, I'm crying along with you-- how horrible! I am SO grateful Haven didn't see that. Your family is in my prayers, I am so sorry for what you've been hit with in such a short time.

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  20. oh Julie...i am so sorry to hear about hagrid...he was so pretty...so sad....

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  21. How awful! So sorry to hear about Hagrid.

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  22. Sorry to hear about your losses of the bunnies.

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  23. I'm so sorry, Julie. Sending hugs to you.

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  24. So sorry to hear that Julie... I don't get to catch up on your blogland often these days, but today see you have a few very sad bunny incidents lately! Cyber hugs!!!

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  25. Oh Julie. I am so sorry to read about Hagrid and the Bun Buns.

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