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2015 | Bunny Park Critical Care Closure

EST - 1966

2015 | Bunny Park Critical Care Closure

EST - 1966

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Park Shutdown to Shield Public and Heal Hares

Published: October 19, 2015

On an unexpected turn of events, the gates to the much-loved Rynfield Bunny Park were temporarily sealed, not for refurbishment but for a critical health intervention. The park, usually a hotspot for family outings and lively leaping bunnies, faced a grim challenge: one of its denizens carried a malady posing risks even to its two-legged visitors.

A Meeting of Conservation and Care

The decision sprang from an earnest assembly held on a brisk Friday. Among the attendees were the guardians of the park’s management, the vigilant voices of the Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality, the determined advocates from Ban Animal Trading, and the unwavering Warriors from the Bunny Park Animals 911 Group.

Veterinary Vigilance and Victory

The stakes were high, as Tania Forrest-Smith, a steadfast member of the 911 Group, unveiled that a resident sheep harbored a disease with a contagion that leapt beyond species. A state vet’s summons would bring forth tests on all park inhabitants within the week.

A Sorrowful Sight: Stark Starvation and Neglect

Earlier whispers of worry were verified on July 15, 2015, as visitors encountered a disturbing tableau: rabbits confined within the park’s boundaries bore scars of sickness and deprivation. The Star had previously reported bunnies encumbered by growths, obscuring sight, sound, and sustenance. Food was a rarity, waters miry, and uncurbed breeding abounded.

Groundswell of Grievance and Grassroots Action

As the sylvan sanctuary witnessed its darkest seasons, the call to action echoed throughout the land. Images of forlorn rabbits, convalescing under caring hands, stirred the hearts of many. Martine Hampsen from Ban Animal Trading South Africa and a committed volunteer bore witness to these trials on July 3, alerting the world to the anguish within the park.

The Park's Caretakers: A Gelded Guardianship

Responses from the park’s stewards told a bittersweet tale of insufficient means and unmet needs. Gideon Strydom, a figure central to the park’s upkeep admitted the challenge posed by the sprawling spans of land and the burgeoning bunny population. Intentions clashed with reality as the park relied on the rare boon of donations – a trickle against the tide of demand.

The Watchful Eyes of The World: A Clarion Call

Links to full stories of this critical chapter in the Bunny Park’s history weave through cyberspace, steadfast torches illuminating a tale of despair, hope, and the undying will of those who care.

For the tale of trial and uncertain futures: Bunny Park closed to treat sick animals

Sharing the pangs of hunger and neglect: Bunny Park creatures starving, neglected

Within the local chronicles: Bunnies suffer under questionable conditions

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