"Eww! That rabbit has red eyes!"
"Red-eyed rabbits look evil!"
"Rabbits with red eyes are creepy!"
People who can say this have never had the joy of actually knowing a red-eyed bunny. If you know a red-eyed bunny, you know what amazing creatures they are.
Let me tell you a story.
A few years ago, a red-eye white (REW) bunny fell into my life. I love all bunnies, but I had never really thought about having a REW. Like most animal people, I do have a weakness for a particular kind of bunny. I'm a complete sucker for lops. My Chloe is a lop (well, one of her ears lops - she's a helicopter bun). So, I admit I gravitate toward them.
Then I met Milhouse. He was a REW. He had had a pretty tough life. He had been dumped outside, and by the time he was found, he had a broken ear and a missing tail. He was sick, so I decided to foster him. Well, I fell head-over-heels in love with him. I couldn't help but admire his spirit. He had been through hell, but he was one of the most friendly, sweet rabbits I have ever met.
|Milhouse shortly after I took him home.|
|Chloe adored him too.|
|He knew how to relax!|
Ask any other parent of a red-eyed bunny. They will be happy to tell you how incredibly awesome these bunnies are!
One of our volunteers has wonderful things to say about her REW. She was originally going to foster Snowflake, but fell in love with Snowflake's awesome personality.
|Who wouldn't want her as a TV watching companion??|
They are actually quite beautiful! Like little rubies shining back at you. With them being lighter, they actually convey more emotion than the black or brown-eyed ones. When it's bright out and her pupils contract, her irises are the prettiest shade of pastel pink!I couldn't have said it better myself. Snowflake's mom says that she is a loving and playful bun. Snowflake had a really rough start in life, and she clearly appreciates being in a loving home.
Did you know?
- The red or pink eyes are caused by a lack of pigment. They are certainly not caused by evil or "freakishness"!
- Bunnies with red eyes often "scan". This is the movement of their head back and forth as they "scan" their environment to see better.
- Bunnies with red eyes are commonly the most difficult to adopt out due to prejudices against them.
|Meet Stormy. This little red-eyed girl has moxy! She is playful and adorable. She has been up for adoption since April 2012.|
|Bugzy is a cute little red-eyed boy. He came in with a batch of babies, but he is more likely to be passed over by adopters. He has been up for adoption since June 2012.|
|Meet Snow and Flake. This adorable little brother/sister REW pair has been with us since May 2012.|
This blog is dedicated to the memory of Milhouse, my sweet little boy that showed me how wonderful REW bunnies can be.