Blaze, a Brave Bunny Rescued From a Magic Show
In October, we rescued Blaze from a terrible situation where he was being used as a magic show prop. He was living in filthy conditions, often without access to food or water. Blaze was underweight, had old injuries on his face, and at the time we took him in he had a badly broken leg that had gone completely untreated for an extended period of time.
Blaze's femur –-the strongest bone in a rabbit’s body— had broken completely in two just above the joint. His leg was irreparable, and his vet recommended amputation to give him back a pain-free life and the ability to run and play once again. Blaze had no control over this leg, so if he tried to move too quickly, he would get tripped up by it swinging underneath his body and dragging behind him. It kept him from both moving freely and keeping himself clean. Left unattended to, it would have only caused more problems and more pain for Blaze in the future.
Blaze spent a week in his foster home before his surgery, where he was given all of the comforts of a loving home for the first time in his life. Blaze finally had a healthy and consistent diet, fresh water, a clean living space, and so much more. On the day of his amputation surgery, everything went very smoothly. He even started eating and hopping almost immediately after waking up! He came back home only one day after surgery, and right away he began learning how to adapt to life with three legs.
Now that it has been over a month since his surgery, Blaze is back on his feet and is unstoppable! He is being given an increasingly larger out-of-habitat exercise space as he heals, learns how to balance, and works up strength in his back leg. Blaze is running around like he was never able to before surgery, and he is so happy, playful, and adventurous. He has even learned how to binky! For a bunny who dealt with the amount of trauma that Blaze faced, he is unbelievably sweet and loving towards the humans who have taken care of him. When he eventually tires out from running, playing, and exploring, Blaze will lie completely stretched out and fall fast asleep while snuggled up with his foster parents.