Comforting A Dying Rabbit – A Documentary

What’s wrong there little Buddy? Hey little guy You Okay? Not going to hurt you Want some water or something? Heeey… Just a little guy You sick or you just scared? Huh? Little baby Appalachian Cottontail Your not the one-eyed guy You OK little Buddy? You got those little black-tipped ears Hey little fella You don’t have those big floppy ears like other rabbits man sits down beside rabbit Just a little fella… I’m not going to hurt you….relax There you go… Nobody going to hurt you little buddy Your pretty young for this late in October you know Huh? You poor little guy – your not the…. Nothing wrong with you other eye there – no… Is that a little wound on your head? No you look OK Not feeling good are you? What you doing out here in the open? You been eating the bird seed eh Is your Mom back in there somewhere? There you go… Nobody going to hurt you Huh You must be like the 2nd or 3rd litter Cute little ears…. eh maybe your not sick maybe your mom just told you to…. to hang out here huh? I know dogs always like to have their ears scratched there you go… That feel good? yeah Your a fragile little thing just a little ole bunny…. ehhhh let’s see…where sitting here on the grass….. I know you live up under these arborvitae trees Your mom around somewhere? huh? There you go… you going to be alright there little guy? Just so people can get an idea of how big you are – that’s my hand right there so you’re like – you know…. Your just a little guy…. Just a little Appalachian rabbit Your pretty solid in the back! You feel a lot better if you’d get up and move around you know there you go You thinking about moving? Yeah a little guy…. People can see how…. hard to tell how small you are – but there’s my hand You could fit in my hand! you are soft! yeah…. Nothing like petting a baby rabbit….. If I were you I’d go up under the tree there and hangout – it would be safer – there you go – come on – there you go! That’s better That’s better Nobody going to bother you up there….your little tail {man chuckles] yeaah…… there you go…. Go up there and hide…. Nobody will bother you I checked back on the rabbit after awhile and it was pretty clear that the rabbit was not well – and… likely going to pass away… I picked up the young rabbit and put it on some old towels underneath the arborvitae tree to make it comfortable And when I turned it over on its right side that’s when I noticed eh some kind of unusual wound or sore on its belly I don’t know if that was eh the direct cause of death or not but it probably was eh had something to do with it. I’m not an expert on… rabbit diseases, but it really didn’t look diseased or infected it looked more like a bite right through into the ah…. right through the layer of the skin – pretty deep but not really actively bleeding or infected In any case, at this point I just wanted to make the little guy comfortable This section of the video is sped up five times normal time The rabbit didn’t experience any convulsions or unusual motion like rabbits often do when they are sick He just seemed to get continually weaker and gradually slip away The little rabbit’s short life had ended I closed its eyes and buried it out back under a big stone so other animals wouldn’t dig it up….. Upbeat country guitar instrumental tune

100 thoughts on “Comforting A Dying Rabbit – A Documentary

  1. To address some common comments – most viewers watch less than 3 minutes of the video according to YT stats. If you watch it all you will see the rabbit was capable of leaving me at any time and did so after about 10 minutes real-time. It was when I came back to check on him that it was obvious the rabbit was terminally​ ill. These rabbits are very habituated to humans over many generations and just like the squirrels of the Backyard the human element of constant presence and feeding becomes part of their ecology so they have no fear of humans who behave in a consistent familiar friendly way. This rabbit and I were well acquainted. However, they remain wild animals and if one were to suddenly behave differently and try to grab and hold them and put them in a box etc. they would experience extreme stress and scratch, kick and try and bite with every ounce of remaining energy to avoid being captured. Thus taking a wild animal like this rabbit to a vet that is far away was never really a consideration due to the stress – although it would have been nice to give it a shot to put it to sleep faster. This particular rabbit was born in spring 2016 and died last October 2016 it was very cold and windy that day. It had a sibling with only one eye that it seemed to have a special bond with. They are shown in happier times at the end of the video. There are many rabbit videos on this channel a playlist of some is at:

    I tend to talk to animals in my presence while filming or watching them – little ones I call "little buddy" big ones like bears and elk I call "big fella" but always in a non-excited sort of low key monotone this they seem to understand is non-threatening – they have no idea what I'm saying of course but they are looking for non-threatening consistent behavior. There is a time an place for screaming and yelling but I've never had to do that.

    I certainly gained more from this experience than the unfortunate rabbit – you can learn a lot about life by being humble and paying close attention to animals and this was a special experience.

  2. All alone in the light
    Soon the sun will be so bright
    Close your eyes
    Rest your head
    Soon you'll rest in a nice grass bed
    Go to heaven where it's golden
    Live your life just growing
    Life is short for that guy
    But we have to say goodbye?

  3. This wasn't with a rabbit, but with a cat that kept coming by and eating the cat food on our front porch. My family and I nicknamed him Big Boy because he was, well, a big boy. We could tell that he was used to humans. He would always meow at me when I'd come out and visit. He absolutely loved the attention he got when he was there. One night, I found him in our front yard sitting under the big tree we have. I went to check on him and it looked like he was hurt. We expected him to leave at some point because he usually does when he's done. We were surprised to find that he was still there the next morning. He never did that. We found this gash on his head and we figured that he may have been hit by a car and somehow survived. We decided to take care of him. We put him the big dog house my dad had built years before. On the day of his death, my parents were on a trip for their Wedding Anniversary. Only me and a friend were there. That day, he seemed to be doing better. He was moving around, eating his food, being very talkative. I had faith that he would pull through. I went to check on him that night. I'll spare the details and just say that he wasn't doing good. A couple of minutes later, he had died. I remember realizing what had happened and just started crying really hard. I didn't know what else to do other than hold him and cry. I had become very attached to him. When my parents came back the next day, my dad took him and buried him in a nice spot near our house. I miss Big Boy a lot, but I'm glad that we were able to give a happy and comfortable last few days. I'm glad he got to be showered with love, care, and attention when he was still with us.

  4. When the rabbit is like “dude get away from me come on now I’m dying I don’t wanna waste my energy trying to run from you just leave me alone” imagine shoving a camera in a dying animals face saying it could’ve gotten away at any time, the rabbit is clearly afraid likely trying to build up energy to get away from you it does not trust you at all breathing so heavily in its face just leave it to die in piece dude it’s scared it froze out of fear notice how it’s eyes widened when he started touching it. It didn’t have any energy and it’s initial reaction was to freeze and escape when it got the chance. He also said something about the rabbit being young. Rabbits don’t live long in the wild they aren’t really meant for it yes they can put up a fight but they are usually left to starve and are in constant fear I promise you a dying wild animal would appreciate you leaving it alone I know not everyone can read rabbits so I’m telling you it’s scared it doesn’t know you even domesticated rabbits get afraid notice how it slowly moves it doesn’t have energy it doesn’t have a voice it’s basically begging you to just go away.

  5. People are ridiculous maybe learn about the animal instead of making dumb comments the rabbit did not enjoy his presence at all you see the few times the rabbit moves it wants to get away it doesn’t understand it’s scared and wants to be left in peace it took its opportunity when it felt it could get away it was very weak and did not like him touching it, if it did like him touching it, it would’ve stayed maybe closed if eyes let it’s ears fall down it wouldn’t have completely froze like it did multiple times.its in extreme pain and very scared not a very good way to die it did not enjoy his presence at all actually it was trying to get away it was thinking how it could get away to somewhere it felt safe. And no I’m not just saying random stuff my latest pet rabbit died in my arms I wrapped him up in a towel while I watched him slowly painfully die there was nothing I could do the vet was too far and his organs were already shutting down. It was terrifying to see him struggle over and over and just before this all happened he came and sat in my lap while I was doing some work. I felt so bad thinking that he knew he was gonna die and I felt he decided to die in my arms since he came and sat in my lap. Sad thing is rabbits are one of those animals that are great at hiding that they’re sick until it’s too late. I gave him the best of the rest of his life and I’m happy I could do so.

  6. at least its in a better place now :C
    i had a rabbit but he didn't die like that one it was in my dads bathroom because my bedroom door didn't shut and my dad for got to shut his bathroom door my my little sisters husky got to it T^T
    he was the nicest rabbit you would ever meat and you can take him for walks with out a leash some times i even let him play outside but all that changed when we got my sisters dog we had to keep him locked up in the bath room but like i said my dad for got to shut his bedroom and bathroom door and he gave me a kiss then he died i will always remember him :C

  7. I think the only reason people disliked the video, was that they were crying so much, it accidentaly hit the dislike video (or they are demons without hearts)

  8. I had a beautiful New Zealand White rabbit who lived for nearly seven years. She lived in my house with me, and she was really happy. I did everything I could to love and protect her.

    I had no choice but to have her put to sleep just over two weeks ago, because she was suffering with cancer. It was the darkest day of my life. I never realised how much pain it would cause me to lose her.

    A few days ago I found a rabbit breeder who had New Zealand Whites. They were only eight weeks old. The litter were basically crammed into a little space with nowhere to be able to run or jump around.

    In the middle of this litter, I saw this beautiful little rabbit who seemed to be a little smaller than the rest. I immediately picked it up and said to the breeder, I want this one. I put her in my prepared carry box, and strapped her safety

  9. this was very sweet of him to stay with the rabbit all day long.. the world needs more people like this. i do only have one question, why didn’t he take the poor thing to the vet? possibly a different outcome?

  10. I watched through the whole video, and I just want to say thank you for comforting this poor little thing, you are a great person and I hope that your future endeavors bear great fruit.

  11. i have a bunny axeclly like him that was a baby bunny you just saw dying im so sorry for thst little baby he was probally a few months old… <3

  12. I held my guinea pig as he passed away, this video brought back memories of that time…. as hard as it was, I don’t regret holding my little one as he took his last breaths. At least he didn’t have to go alone, i pet him the whole time and told him it was ok to go. He’s at peace now, but I’ll always miss my little Peanut Butter ❤️

  13. I feel so sad….hopes and blessings to the rabbit when he reaches with the stars and touch the face of god…

  14. Why the WatershipDown Hashtag, but having said that, he does remind me.a.bit of the coloring of Bigwig (Thlayli)

  15. I feel so bad???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  16. the happy music and rabbits makes me feel worse becuase seeing how happy rabbits normaly are then remebering that depressed rabbit dying

  17. In the yard..
    Far from safe…
    This little cotten tail is going to a safer place…
    No harm…
    Just an unknown man who has the best charm…
    Rest in peace we all know inlove sometimes this happens…

  18. I saw a four leaf clover and now I’m triggered that he didn’t pick it (I don’t know why I’m triggered by this)

    Tiny four leaf clover can be found at 3:18–3:32

  19. God, I love people like you. Literally bless you. This is so amazing, that you take up ur time to help animals feel comfortable when they are passing. There needs to be more people like you in this world. ??✊?

  20. The poor thing left this world know omg that someone was there for it. I just wanna thank you for doing what you did. You made it happy as it left…

  21. You are an amazing human being. Taking your time to comfort this rabbit and staying by its side. I heard the birds and if you were not there they would have defently killed this poor rabbit. God bless you.

  22. Same thing happened. A cat attacked a rabbit that my mom loved. She would talk to the rabbit and stuff. When the rabbit was attack he lived for at least 8 hours. We tried to save it but he moved on. It sucked but I'm happy he went the way he did so he didnt have to be eaten alive.

  23. I lost my bunny today… Muffin. He looked just like this one… and he was such a fighter. It was so heartbreaking to see the illness get to him.

  24. Caring for wildlife requires unconditional love because unlike pets, they are not there to love you back or entertain you.

  25. Lil' Rabbit gently closed its eyes. It felt the cool wind and the gentle and warm touch of the human. It falls asleep in a deep slumber.

    country roads music plays

    plays showing its memorable moments of the rabbit

    fast forwards to ending verse of the song

    Rabbit: Country roaaads.. take me home…

    Rabbit: whispers Thank you human. (Country roaaads….)

    video fades to a white background


  26. Deep in the meadow, under the willow.
    A bed of grass, a soft green pillow.
    Lay down your head, and close your eyes.
    And when they open, the sun will rise.
    Here it's safe, and here it's warm.
    Here the daisies guard you from every harm.
    Here your dreams are sweet, and tomorrow brings them true.
    Here is the place where I love you.
    Deep in the meadow, hidden far away.
    A cloak of green, a moon beam ray.
    Forget your woes, and let your troubles lay.
    And when again it's morning, they'll wash away.
    Here it's safe, and here it's warm.
    Here the daisies guard you from every harm.
    Hre your dreams are sweet, and tomorrow brings them true.
    Here is the place where I love you.

    -??????? ????????

  27. Aww I remember when my bunny was sick and she was dying and I was by her until she took her first breathe till her last breathe and this was 6 yrs ago and I got surprised with a baby on Monday

  28. My pet Rabbit that ended up living to 8 years old pasted away last nights its been very hard for me to cope with what happened but all I ca say from my perspective is that she lived a long and happy life. R.I.P Thumper I will never forget you!!

  29. 1 dressed rabbit (2-1/2 pounds), cut into serving-size pieces
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    2 cups chicken broth
    1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
    1/4 teaspoon pepper

    In a large skillet over medium heat, cook rabbit in oil until lightly browned; remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute onion until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, thyme, pepper and bay leaf.
    Return rabbit to pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until meat is tender and a thermometer reads 160°.
    Remove rabbit to a serving platter. Discard bay leaf. Combine the flour, lemon juice and water until smooth; stir into pan juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with rabbit.

  30. I love this video it was rlly nice but he doesn’t look dead or in the process of dying he looks fine just tired maybe? ? lol idk but RIP if he truly was dying
    Edit: I wrote this at the beginning of the video so I only just watched the ending and found out it died so forget everything I wrote plz

  31. My bunny coco died. I have no one to talk to and I am trying not to cry. The biggest problem with pets r as long as they r with u life is full of happiness but when they die they take our happiness with them. Bye guys I am to tired to comment more…. Bye

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