or actually my mum and dad did. I was cleaning the cages when I heard mum yell "Karen, come quick!" well I went as quick as I could considering I was shoulder deep inside a cage. Mum was carrying what I thought at first looked like a young owl - LOL I do have trouble with my eyesight!!
This little one is sooo cute!
Took a photo then called 1300 ANIMAL (RSPCA) and she was picked up an hour and a half later. Gosh I was so besotted! Such a gorgeous little thing.
Felt guilty calling them all afternoon and evening despite reassurances that I did the right thing from my parents.
In Australia hare's and rabbits are an introduced "pest" species and have exploded into plague proportions causing untold destruction to crops etc. In Queensland where I live it is against the law to have any rabbit (or hare). I asked the lady on the phone if it was legal to keep it - she said no (I knew anyway but had to ask).
Aww! It looks just like the wild bunny my sisters cat bought home last year. She gave it to me because our RSPCA wouldn't take it and just told her to put it back outside (it had cat bite wounds though) so I tried to hand rear her. Sadly, I think the bites got infected as cat bites often do, and she had a mega fit and died after a week or so.
I agree. I would be happy to have had it desexed and vaccinated. But, alas the law is the law and I must obey. We have est. 400 million of the things wild here anyway - what's one little critter going to hurt?
Thanks for saying Judy. Really when it comes down to it they are an introduced (cute though!) pest and need to be eradicated. I am an animal lover and dislike seeing any animal suffer and being discarded because humans said so. On the other hand I feel a hippocrite because I have felt no remorse over the continued destruction of the cane toad! is it simply because it's ugly?
Do all us so called animal lovers only want to protect an animal when it's cute? Something to ponder I think.
Pity you couldn't keep it Karen! Now a lot of animal laws make good and plain sense... others, not so much.
I've kind of got an uncommon (and usually unpopular) idea about controling and protecting species. I do support controlled, skilled hunting because there needs to be a balance. If humans weren't in the mix, nature would balance itself, but since we are here, the ecosystem can't handle changes as well, and seasonal hunting/trapping for certain species is necessary. It is a really tough decision, but if there were too many mountain lions, which happened here in CA for awhile, the deer don't survive and the lions go into the cities, which isn't good for anybody, including the lions.
A lot of people get mad at me, but I'm trying to think of the ecosystem as a whole, people included, and not just how sad it is to kill one animal. If you let it live, others will die eventually. It is a very hard situation, but I hope that people can understand the big picture.
There is a saying that can be used in those situations you describe Liz: too much of a good thing is not always a good thing. But, do you believe (as I am starting to) that humans really only want to protect those animals it considers "cute" - even if in the long run it is for the better of those "cute" animals?
I was trying to think of that saying... too much hunting is obviously not good, but too much "letting them alone" isn't either.
I can only agree with you in saying that the majority want to protect the "beautiful" or "cute". I have to acknowledge those who dedicate their lives to the care, keeping, and protection of the less appreciated animals. I really do feel that it shouldn't be so "strange" that I'm protective of snakes, lizards, toads, etc. I refuse to give up on the world just yet... it is bad, but I still have a responsibility to do my best!
I love lizards, snake's, frogs etc but not toads. Sorry but can't stomach them. Although I have convinced my father that killing them with a blunt object with force is not humane. He just leaves them be now so now every time it rains our downpipes echo with the croaks of the toads - hehe drives us nuts!