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2023 | Virus Outbreak at Bunny Park

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2023 | Virus Outbreak at Bunny Park

EST - 1966

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A Cautionary Hopping: Virus Outbreak at Bunny Park

In the heart of Rynfield, a somber air has fallen over Bunny Park, a beloved destination that once overflowed with furry creatures and laughter. A viral adversary has hushed the joyful hops with the tragic loss of the rabbit colony to Rabbit Haemorrhagic Viral Disease (RHVD). As we relay this disheartening news, we aim to inform, so similar fates may be averted elsewhere.

The Unfolding Tragedy

As joy turned to sorrow, more than 40 rabbits succumbed to RHVD, a viral disease that has swept through colonies with tragic efficiency. The local community recently witnessed an outbreak, first noted in nearby Morehill, that laid siege to Bunny Park’s bunnies. Despite urgent calls for proactive measures, including the temporary closure of the park, the outbreak continued unabated, highlighting the sublimely delicate balance between wildlife and urban spaces.

Community Response and Safety Measures

The initial hesitation in responding to the outbreak may have compounded its impact. City of Ekurhuleni representatives, when confronted with the mortalities, were unaware of the severity faced by the park’s inhabitants. Only after all the bunnies had met their untimely end did the park close its gates to the public.

Ward 27 Clr Lornette Joseph reported the somber findings within the park’s enclosures. The swift reaction that followed saw the park’s closure, though the sting of lives lost lingers. True to its role as a sanctuary, no new bunnies will be introduced to Bunny Park for six months, aligning with expert guidance to forestall the disease’s spread.

Mourning and Vigilance

Tania Forrest-Smith, an indomitable spirit in animal welfare and founder of the Bunny Park Rescue group, mourns the loss that she had striven to prevent, emphasizing the importance of timely action and care. As we reflect on the lives of these gentle creatures, we are reminded to remain vigilant, ensuring the health of our pets and the sanctity of our cherished natural escapes.

Symptoms and Precautions

While RHVD poses no threat to humans or other animal species, it wreaks havoc amongst our lagomorph friends—rapid fever, loss of appetite, and in acute cases, rapid progression to death. As the virus lurks stealthily, capable of surviving surfaces for days, vigilance and hygiene are paramount for pet owners and parks alike.

A Future Forged in Mindfulness

As we navigate through these challenging times, Bunny Park’s tale is one of caution and a stark reminder of our responsibility towards those who cannot speak for themselves. Let us move forward with compassion, awareness, and an unwavering commitment to the welfare of all creatures, great and small.

In Memoriam of the Bunny Park Rabbits

Sources:

Bunny, Bokkie park rabbits so far clear of deadly virus metro says. Benoni City Times. Read the Story.

Virus wipes out Bunny Park rabbit colony. Benoni City Times. Learn More.

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