An animal rescue that found a feral rabbit who survived being shot with an arrow this summer in Calgary is now trying to find homes for the bunnies she gave birth to shortly after her ordeal.
In July, the mama rabbit — now named Katniss — was left for dead with an arrow in her side before being found alive by Against All Odds Rabbit Rescue.
“We went out and caught her. She just happened to grace us with five babies too,” said Amanda Greening, founder of Against All Odds Rabbit Rescue, on Wednesday.
When the group found Katniss on July 19, it took her to the vet and discovered she was pregnant. On July 27, she birthed five babies.
Katniss found a home on Oct. 4.
The five rabbits will be spayed and neutered, then fostered until they find homes.
“They are a little on the skittish side, just because I think that feral gene is kind of still there when it’s been multiple generations. But once they get used to you and have some kind of time to settle down, then they’re great.”
Anyone looking to adopt the bunnies has to know that the animals have different needs than, say, cats and dogs.
Though Katniss now has a home and her babies are thriving, her near-death experience still weighs heavily on her rescuers.
“It’s so much suffering for these guys. I find that rabbits, in general, just don’t have the same kind of protection as cats and dogs,” Greening said.
Three rabbits were found shot with arrows between May and June in Calgary.