the Four Seasons were rescued
By Teeny Teh
What seemed like another lazy Sunday afternoon proved
to be very different after HRSS volunteer, Jackie mentioned
that she spotted a rabbit hopping about a residential
area at Sembawang Road. It was 25th July 2004.
With the increasing number of rabbit abandonment cases
at the back of our minds, we were fearful that he could
be one of them. Thus, we - Jackie, Angie, Adeline and
myself, decided to comb the area to be doubly sure.
Most of the residential houses there did not seem to
house rabbits and we were growing increasingly suspicious
that the rabbit was indeed as we feared – an abandoned
rabbit. We decided to search the open field beside the
row of houses to see if it had run there to hide.
True enough! There he was – a little brown bunny
scampering through the tall grasses. We had found him!
Just at that moment, from the corner of our eyes, we
spotted another 3! One was brown and white, another
was black and white and the other was a brown bunny
with a white stripe on this head. It was very clear
then that these rabbits had been abandoned by some very
irresponsible pet owners.
So there we were, 4 crazy women hot on the tails of
4 rabbits (no pun intended), hoping to catch them with
our bare hands. Although this method delivered success
in past rescues, these 4 rabbits were determined to
put up a fight. We tried every method possible- cornering
them in teams of 2, various unusual tactics which included
Jackie throwing her shirt (aka Spiderman style) on the
bunny as it ran towards her (She was hoping that her
magic shirt would stop him… heh heh). We also
tried luring them with banana and apple slices etc,
but to no avail - These rabbits were way too quick and
agile for any of us, not to mention smart too.
Adeline then had a brilliant idea to use playpens to
corner the rabbits. She then proceeded to borrow 4 playpen
panels from a nearby petshop. So there we were again,
4 crazy women, but this time with a playpen panel each,
sometimes running and chasing the rabbits towards the
“set up”, sometimes sneaking up behind them
to catch them unaware. And embarrassing to say, a small
crowd started to form, probably amused by our antics.
Initially, with our new props, we were unsure of how
to go about cornering these swift creatures. We started
off very haphazard, each one trying to chase one bunny
each and changing targets when the one we were chasing
proved to be too much of a challenge. But soon after,
(because of the lack of results) we knew that teamwork
was the answer.
We then started approaching each rabbit as a team.
Using 3 panels to form an “open trap”, and
the last panel to “close it up”, we managed
to catch out first bunny, Spring- the black and white
female rabbit approximately 1-2 years old. She was unfortunately
pregnant when we found her. Forcing us to think of the
many times in which she did get pregnant, the present
state of her previous litters and the future litters
she would have had, had we did not intervened.
Using the same method, we managed to catch the other
3 which we named Summer (Brown female rabbit with white
stripe on head, approximately 3-4 months old), Autumn
(Brown male rabbit, approximately 3-4 months old) and
Winter (Brown and white male rabbit, approximately 5
months old). We then proceeded to scout around for anymore
as we did not want to leave any of their friends behind.
All in all, the entire rescue took slightly more than
3 hours. After returning the playpens to the petshop,
Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter were sent to Adeline’s
house for temporary lodging for the night. Angie then
sent them for emergency neutering and spaying the next
day at the Bishan Park Vet and the Animal Clinic. The
Four Seasons are currently recuperating at various foster
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