Thursday, February 21, 2013

Rabbits Can Kill You

Apparently there is such thing as rabbit fever. If you had asked me prior today what rabbit fever is I would have guessed it was some old Bugs Bunny cartoon featuring Elmer Fudd or what Hugh Hefner gets every afternoon before he goes to bed for the night. It turns out I was wrong. A North Carolina hunter has tested positive for the deadly disease which luckily cannot be transferred via person to person, but only rabbit to person. Oh, and your pets can get it too. It kind of sounds like bubonic plague, but with rabbits instead of rodents and you are probably not going to die if you get it. Probably.

29 comments:

alisontheoriginal said...
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.robert said...

You are always supposed to check for this when you dress a rabbit. It should be common knowledge for rabbit hunters.

SusanB said...

Makes me glad my cat is totally housebound. She'd love to sink her teeth into a rabbit.

Kimberly said...

what are the signs?

.robert said...

White or yellow spots on the liver.

Gayeld said...

*setting trap for Easter Bunny*

Sherry said...

Super. We have around 50 rabbits living under my neighbor's deck. My dog was chasing one just last night.

mikey said...

.robert is correct - hunters should know this. Out here in rural NJ it's not uncommon for dogs who catch rabbits to get sick.

ethorne said...

Ever since my friend told me about a worm burrowing OUT of her childhood rabbit pet, I will not go near those soft disgusting creatures.

.robert said...

@ethorne, it was probably a Bot fly larvae.

Mooshki said...

.robert, how do I check my liver to see if it has spots?

ethorne said...

@robert-Anything that can get inside me & move around (no not that lol) FU-REAKS me out!

skimpymist said...

I never knew rabbits carried a fatal disease. My neighborhood always has wild rabbits during the summer and are so cute and fun to watch. One time a rabbit chased my husband out of our yard while he took a cigarette break one night. It kept charging in his direction so I'm assuming it mustve had the disease. It is however a hilarious story to tell.

Zeeky_Boogy_Doog said...

Duck fever!

Sherry said...

"What, that little bunny?"

"It has been long sharp pointed teeth!!!"

"Jaysus Chriiiist!!! Run away, run away!"

fordellcastle said...

To hell with it. I'd have risked rabbit fever for my late house rabbit, Hatman Williams (named for MadTV's necrophiliac country singer who dug up and made love to sweet Jill one last time). He was my dog Lilia's best friend:
http://www.myhouserabbit.com/photos8.php

RIP, Hatman.

nudibelle said...

did he fuck the rabbit?

Anna Nonymous said...

great, something else to be afraid of.

Smasherstein said...

I'm guessing he ate the rabbit, right?

I have 2 bunnies that are wonderful and I love them to death...so I don't get the trend of walking them on a leash. They're so fragile, I'd be terrified of them catching a disease or a dog attack!!

Amy in MI said...

My shit tzu killed a bunny when I was kid. My mom was hysterical and ran to get the neighbor

xoApril said...

Lets not go judging rabbits based on one ill rabbit! That's what he gets for eating a rabbit. I'm kind of biased though ;)

Jenn said...

Yes, and cat scratch fever is a thing too, not just some song Ted Nugent sang about the hoohah.

Tru Leigh said...

Still sounds better than Bieber Fever.

Betsy said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tularemia

one of the few things I remember from my medical technology training.

Goodnight said...

I knew about this. It's not very common. I think you can get it by eating raw or undercooked rabbit, which might have been what happened to the hunter.

Roman Holiday said...

Eh, what's up doc?

Lily said...

This took me so long to understand. I kept thinking, wow are there that many people putting clothes on rabbits that it would warrant a rule of thumb? Lmao...

WUWT? said...

Twelve years ago a former co-worker and I were fighting off some illness or another (cold/flu/sinus whatever), and we were joking about calling in sick, even though our job highly discouraged that. She said she was going to call in with something scary sounding, and I suggested (as a joke) Tularemia, and she said, "I can't call in with Rabbit Fever!" We were both shocked/impressed that we both knew what it was, and even though we both figured there was no way at all the manager would know it, neither of us ever called in with that excuse.

Agent**It said...

fordell, beatiful pix of Lilia and Hatman.