On Sunday, 30th June, I brought my darling bunny, Cherry,
down to the HRSS 1st gathering at Singapore Botanical
Gardens. That night, I almost lost her.
Probably it was my fault. Once we got home from the
outing, I bathe her. As I had always bathe her, I assumed
that she was used it to it by now. Besides, I did not
want her to be attacked by fleas, mites, or any other
parasites, which she might had come into contact with
during the outing.
At around 12 mid-night, I went to her cage to say goodnight
to her as I usually do.
That was when I realised that she had not touched the
food that I had offered her earlier on. She was simply
lying down in her litter box.
I lifted her up. She was so frail and weak. I couldn't
do anything but just continue holding her in my arms.
When I put her down, she did not move or make a fuss
about not having enough pats as she usually does.
I placed her on my bed and let her sleep with me. I
woke up every half an hour to check on her. Each time,
I found her still lying beside me. Usually, she would
not even stay still for a minute.
By 2.30am, I knew that something was terribly wrong
with Cherry. But there was no help I could possibly
get at that hour!
I decided to try calling the 24-hour hotline and was
transferred to Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital.
The vet on duty told me that there was nothing much
she could do to help Cherry.
At that moment, I really wished that I had Dr Ling's
contact number or address so that I could rush Cherry
down to her immediately.
Since I did not, the best I could do was to follow
the vet's advice, to keep her very warm. I spent the
night boiling water to warm up towels, which I used
to wrap her up.
As I was too tired, I finally dozed off. When I woke
up sometime before sunrise, Cherry was no longer beside
me on the bed. I was so shocked and frightened I almost
I found her lying beside a cabinet. Probably I had
kept her too warm, and she had moved away from the towels
for a cooler spot. It was raining that night and I had
tried to keep her as warm as possible.
I put her back into her cage. While I was calling Namly
Clinic to make an appointment to see Dr Ling as soon
as possible, Cherry started drinking lots of water.
At Namly Clinic, Dr Ling checked Cherry and told me
that she could not detect any digestion sounds. She
gave Cherry 2 jabs and some oral medication. Dr Ling
really touched me. She was not only attentive and patient,
but she also treated Cherry with love and care.
I fed Cherry her medicine once we reached home. She
took it readily. Probably because it was sweet and she
was starting to get hungry by then. Slowly, she also
accepted pellets and the carrot I offered her.
Cherry is almost back to normal now.
It was the first time Cherry and I fought a battle
together. And we won. I hope that there will be peace
ever after. At the battlefield, deep in my heart, I
knew she would survive that fateful night. She has always
been a strong and obedient girl. Dr Ling said probably
my holding on to her that night helped. I really cannot
imagine life without such a sweet companion and soul-mate.
I just hope that Cherry and all the little bunnies
in the world will always be happy and healthy.