Posted by sean on August 10, 2019 at 1:59 pm in Rabbits, Roman with 1 Comment

There was drama in the Kitson household yesterday. It started shortly before I was due to finish work for the week. Claire rang me in a state of panic…

After Claire explained what was wrong, I could totally see why she sounded so disturbed. Roman was very unwell.

I was told how, after coming out of the kitchen, Claire spotted our bunny frozen in fear. She instantly attempted to check his wellbeing and comfort the poor creature.

As you will see in the video below, Roman became totally stiff. Claire described him as a statue. You have probably heard the expression “frozen with fear” – I can now see where it originates from…

Uncomfortable to watch, isn’t it. Claire was right to be worried. It is not uncommon for rabbits to suffer a fatal heart attack if they get too scared. They can be fit and healthy one minute, and literally drop dead the next.

After much love (and the odd treat) from Claire – the Bunny Mummy – Roman did begin to calm down, but it took a long time. When I arrived home, he was cowering in his cardboard tunnel.

Claire and I chose to keep a close eye on him, but ultimately leave him alone to recover. We certainly weren’t going to disturb him if he was hiding.

Roman has always appeared to be most settled when both Claire and me are home. Perhaps it offers him comfort and security – or maybe he thinks he is twice as likely to get a treat!

By bedtime, Roman appeared great and although he continued to display a few nerves, he looked to have made a good recovery.

There was no obvious reason for Roman’s fright, although Claire wondered if she had accidentally made a noise with a clattering plate, while washing up. I doubt this personally, considering Roman lives indoors with us, so has surely become accustomed to household sounds.

This is not the first time in which Roman suffered a terrible fright. Almost exactly a year ago, he flew into a petrified panic, for no reason whatsoever.

Following the first instance, we came to the conclusion that he had suffered a terrifying nightmare. He certainly dreams, as we have witnessed his legs, paws, ears and mouth all twitching while enjoying a deep sleep.

Today, I am delighted to report that Roman is fully back to his old self. It is as if nothing happened. Claire has gone to London to watch Bath City play Welling, so I am on babysitting duties! Roman has been nothing but excited, loving and affectionate.

Nap time

He is now relaxing, watching Leeds United on TV. Roman is clearly not a fan, as no true supporter could possibly relax watching that team!


One Response to Rabbit ER

  1. Lucy herbert

    August 14, 2019 - 10:23 pm

    How very odd!
    I can see how he is, even his eyes quite rigid…how bizarre.
    He is quite a unique little character…v sensitive..

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