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Forum RAINBOW BRIDGE Final Goodbye to Sunny

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    • meow1
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      Said our final goodbyes to Sunny today. He was 11 years old.

      I was embracing him during his transition and he looked up, opened his mouth, and let out a few squeaks. I wasn’t prepared for that. I had never heard a sound like that from him…and I just keep replaying it over and over. I know that in time, that will fade and only the good memories will dominate my mind…but for now, I’m having a really hard time.

      He was such a fun boy…silly and happy. He made me laugh and smile a lot.

       


    • White Rabbit
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      RIP Sunny, im sure you gave him the best life he could have. Keep your head up. Im sure he is eating all the treats while binkying over the rainbow bridge waiting for his human to grow old one day and join him too again 🙂


    • DanaNM
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      I’m so sorry for your loss. 🙁 How amazing that he made it to 11!

      Those noises are so traumatizing, but it’s thought that the noises (and the head tilting back) are a reflex that occurs after the bun is already unconscious, so they are not indicating any pain in that moment. I’ve sadly experienced a few really traumatic bun deaths and what helped me was to make a journal of happy memories with the bun, so that I didn’t keep replaying their final moments in my head over and over. Making a photo book also helped me, but I wasn’t ready to do that right away. In time it will get better. <3

      (((Binky free Sunny)))

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    • Bam
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      I’m sorry you had to hear those sounds. It is as Dana says, rabbits scream when they go, more often than not, and it is believed that it is a kind of reflex rather than an expression of conscious agony. That makes total sense if you think of it from an evolutionary point of view. These days many rabbit vets give a strong sedative first, but that’s for the sake of the bun owner.

      I’ve had two rabbits give out those cries as they went, I held them so close. It was horrible. As Dana also says, please focus on all the million good times you and Sunny shared. 11 years is awesome,, no rabbit lives to 11 unless it has a great life.

       

      Binky free, Sunny.


    • meow1
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      Thank you all for the kind words. ❤


    • Ellie from The Netherlands
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      That’s awful, I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved Sunny 😥

      11 years is indeed a very long life, but somehow it always feels too short. Senior buns really are a treasure, and your bond only gets closer as they age.

      Binky free, sweet Sunny…

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