If you’ve seen this ‘adorable’ video that’s exploded on social media, you probably couldn’t control your “awwwwws.” What could be more touching than a crippled baby rabbit rescued from the cold and given a set of tiny wheels to help it live a full life with a loving family?
But all is not what it seems. The endearing baby rabbit, “Wheelz,” was not just found by chance. The “rescuers” run Overlook Acres, a farm that raises rabbits to slaughter them for meat, and Wheelz was bred to kill and sell off.
It gets worse, too: The only reason Wheelz was found frozen nearly to death is that the farm insists on keeping the rabbits outdoors without adequate shelter, exposed to frigid temperatures, claiming it’s “natural.”
And while Wheelz got “lucky” and only lost the use of his now-paralyzed hind legs, many of his would-be siblings and friends froze to death; those who didn’t can expect a short life before they’re brutally slaughtered.
Sometimes with farm life you have to make hard decisions….like putting down an animal because the quality of life is no longer good. However, at Overlook Acres we do what we can. Over the past few weeks we have had about 6 litters of bunnies born. We lost many to the frigid temperatures of upstate New York. But thanks to Christine Griffith she took the remaining bunnies inside and bottle fed each one. I found this little guy in the barn stiff and half frozen and brought him inside. After a few days of warmth he was eating normal but wasnt moving his back legs. It appeared he was paralyzed from his belly down. Normally this circumstance would result in putting the animals down and out of his misery but he didnt seem to be in any pain. He managed to still pull himself around the floor and was moving faster than the other babies. So, Christine took it upon herself to buy a $1 skateboard toy at the dollar store and manuifacture a mini wheel chair body for this little guy. He is as happy as can be and loves his speed. Share the video if you would like. Who doesn’t love a baby bunny in a wheelchair??
Posted by Overlook Acres on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
“Over the past few weeks we have had about 6 litters of bunnies born,” said the farm on Facebook. “We lost many to the frigid temperatures of upstate New York.”
So whIle it’s great that Overlook Acres had a brief moment of compassion and gave Wheelz a chance, the so-called rescuers in this video have a lot of work to do in learning how to treat animals with kindness and respect.