First, wild bunnies and domestic bunnies are completely different animals. Unless you're going to go out and trap a Jack Rabbit, I don't think you need to worry about any dangerous diseases or your home's eco-system. It's a misconception that leads to a lot of domestic rabbits being "set free" into the wild, usually to their deaths.
It's a little like if your girlfriend asked for a dog and you said know because wolves are aggressive and dangerous. Even as a joke, it doesn't make sense.
Also, I have to put in here that there is a domestic rabbit overpopulation problem, just like there is a cat and dog overpopulation problem. Mostly because most people don't know that rabbits can be spayed and neutered like cats and dogs.
So go adopt a rabbit and get them spayed or neutered. Most rescue groups will make sure the bunny is fixed before it's adopted out.
Most rabbits can be litter box trained without much work. With my bunny, it was a matter of putting her box into the right corner of her cage.If you get compostable litter, you can compost bunny poop and pee. (You can do this with rabbits because they are vegetarians.) Use the compost to grow enough lettuce for the entire household. My bunny would leave her little round poops around sometimes, but a broom took care of that without much problem.
Of course, if you can't tell the difference between bunny poops and Cocoa Puffs (or if you are eating Cocoa Puffs off the floor) you probably aren't ready for a pet bunny. ;)
My shelter buns are almost always un-neutered when they come in, and I spend time with them until they are spayed or neutered and end up at our organizations main shelter until they are adopted. So I see it all. Sometimes the behavior isn't so cute, and the bunnies are surrendered because of humping, biting and spraying urine. (Humping leads to biting. Ask me how I know this. ;) I did a lot of reading when I first started because I wanted to understand them better. (I suggest a website called "The Language of Lagomorphs" and a book called "Stories Rabbits Tell.")
Sometimes I go visit my former bunnies at the main shelter, and I see them transform. It changes behaviors,but not personalities. Spraying, biting and humping go away. I miss the little "honking" noises the boys make, but if they were affectionate before, they are still very affectionate after. (My spayed bunny would stick her nose under my hand when I stopped petting her. He'll probably keep doing that.) I've found the ones who behave like this, demanding attention, are usually the most affectionate after neutering. So if this bunny were to be neutered, he would still want to spend time with his human and would still enjoy petting and cuddling. You still might get the occasional thump or honk.
Bunnies who are shy, scared, aloof or just plain aggressive all around (without the accompanying courting behaviors) will usually see improvement in their behavior after spaying or neutering. The changes vary. It may still take some patience to bring a shy bunny out of its shell or calm down a truly aggressive bunny, but they are more open to change. (I've only really encountered one bunny who was just aggressive all around and will require lots of patience and work to improve. Even he saw some improvement after being neutered.)
The person who posted this deserves a pat on the back for loving his bunny just the way he is. This is his personality. He'll probably always have some moxie.
So I encourage the person who posted this video, as well as anyone else who owns a rabbit who might read this, to get their bunny neutered if they haven't already. It can prolong their lives, as well as control their behavior and reduce rabbit overpopulation. The House Rabbit Society has lots of good information, including recommendations for vets. (There are probably chapters in Japan, too. The HRS is an international group.)
There are lots of stories about kids who start their own charities, who stand up for what is right, who work hard and overcome obstacles. We ignore the advances being made by children and teens on the Internet. They are not just screwing around. They are making their own content, sharing their passions, creating their own apps and websites, making a difference and pioneering the future. And during these little rants, we forget that they will need to know how to use this technology when they grow up. But we don't see these things.
We forget about the stress of being over-tested in schools, so our politicians can prove that they are serious about education. We expect them to know more and more and to do more and more extra-curricular activities. There are plenty of challenges they have that we didn't. But we forget that.
Instead we focus on those occasional stories that prove our bias. Those couple of outrageous lawsuits, violent crimes, kids falling through the cracks and kids sliding by no matter what they do. We remember that bratty kid down the street who is always flunking his or her classes, yet being passed on to the next grade. He or she proves we are superior. We forget about the honor student we know who just got accepted into an Ivy League school. We remember the kids who get all sorts of technology without working for it, but we forget that there are plenty of poor children who don't always get three square meals a day or a winter coat.
During this golden era that this video talks about, I got participation ribbons on field day, and my parents worried that other parents would sue them if I let the other kids ride my bike and they fell off. I could only go a couple of blocks away, and I watched cartoons after school. I knew kids who got away with everything. We tend to look at the past with rose-colored glasses, and we need to remember that.
I had a close friend who almost died after riding her bike into a pole, without a helmet. People did get sick from lead paint and shoot their eyes out. Just because you didn't know them doesn't mean it didn't happen. Why are we celebrating our past dangers? How did riding in a car without a seat belt make us better people?
Things are different for kids now because things are different for kids now. Schools aren't doing drills to prepare for mass shootings because we're overprotective. They're doing them because school shootings happen all over the place. We worry about bullying more now because kids have more ways for kids to bully each other, 24-7.
Finally, if we are going to criticizes those darn kids today, shouldn't we also criticize the adults who create these circumstances?
Zimmermann was a knitter who turned her art into a business. She wrote many books, which included a mix of childhood stories and knitting. Her newsletters were genius! She garnered an amazing following of subscribers for Wool Gathering, back when it was typed on a typewriter with hand drawn sketches. Eventually she started her own publishing company, Schoolhouse Press, which is still around today, now run by her daughter.
She also pioneered several patterns, concepts and recipes, including the ubiquitous Baby Surprise Jacket, a love for circular knitting and the Elizabeth Percentage System (EPS) for designing sweaters. She even had a show on PBS for a while.
Zimmermann was innovator. Today so many knitters have their own blogs, often with their own mix of knitting and daily life, like Zimmermann's books. ZImmermann did what they are doing, without the Internet to promote her work.She passed away in 1999, when the Internet was still fairly new, and smart phones weren't around yet. I would love to know what she would have done with that technology. It surely would have been genius.
I know doctor shortages are a problem, although not on the level most people claim to be. But the solution is to get more doctors, not to continue to deny medical care to a big chunk of the population. I know you have a more moderate view, but a lot of people are basically saying that they'd rather continue to limit access to healthcare rather than fix the doctor problem.
You have a good point about ER care costing everyone else money. One thing to keep in mind is that the ER's job is to stabilize you, not cure you. So if, for example, you are having a severe gallstone attack, and you're in extreme pain, they'll give you pain meds, but unless your life is in danger they won't remove your gallbladder. This actually happened to a friend of mine. I know not all gallbladder attacks require surgery, but your pocketbook is making that decision for you at this point, not your doctor. Ironically, this will probably end up costing the system more money, because you'll probably be back with another gallbladder attack later.
Yes, I foam at the mouth about supporting Obamacare. And I know it's not a perfect law, but the changes it makes are so big and important that it is worth it. And you hit on the right point that Republicans have done nothing to improve healthcare. Any big change is going to be messy.
We also forget that it;s a compromise. Democrats wanted a single payer plan like Canada, or at least a public option, but we didn't get either of these. The Heritage Foundation and other Republican groups have been in favor of plans based on the same basic principles before Obama actually took them up on it. (If you point it out to a Republican, they'll start pointing out all the piddly little ways Obamacare is different. We're talking the basic principles.)
So go see your psychiatrist. It's time to adjust your meds.
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