The coat room, which had been the registration room last year, was used by the Motor City Furry Con's celebrity guest this year. That was Mark Rosenthal, of the Animal Magic Show. He would have exotic animals to bring on stage and talk about and perform with. They were using the coat room, just across the hall from the ballroom, for a staging area, and to sell their merchandise.
They had a rabbit in a small cage there. A small one, compared to ours. My picture looks more like a Polish than anything else on the RabbitBreeds.org site. Rosenthal talked about how the rabbit had been his daughter's dorm animal, and the college busted her for having a pet in the dorms and he was looking for someone who could take her. bunny_hugger noticed right away the rabbit's claws needed trimming and Rosenthal said something vague about having that taken care of. bunny_hugger also thought there was something around the rabbit's nose, possibly a sign of infection. He repeated something about having only just gotten the rabbit and hoping to find someone at the con who could take it.
Of course we could take it.
We spent quite some time thinking about this, that day. bunny_hugger is at this point an expert rabbit-caretaker. Her parents are quite good. I'm competent. But would this be fair to our current rabbit? The one who's arthritic, and may have worse problems, and needs our full caretaking attention? Rabbits are social animals and want partners generally, but, would he? Introducing a female rabbit to a male's is reportedly usually the best way to make sure they get along, but would he want the intrusion of another rabbit in what has been his space for so very long? He needed time to adjust to my being present; how long would an animal that insisted on being with him and getting attention from him take to get used to? Also, what if this other rabbit has health problems, as being the illicit dorm rabbit with possibly something clotting up her nose suggests?
On the other hand. bunny_hugger's cared for rabbits who had to be kept separate before. And she is certainly well-set to take care of a rabbit with health problems. And if we didn't take her, then, who would? And for goodness sake, why weren't her claws trimmed?
We did not take the rabbit home. Someone in the Artists' Alley apparently did. At least the next day the rabbit, with pen, was being held up in Artist's Alley. Her claws were trimmed. bunny_hugger thought that the rabbit's nose looked better too; perhaps she was mistaken in worrying about there being an infection.
Can't deny mixed feelings about this still. After all, we just assume that the rabbit's getting at least as good care as she would with us. And the thought that our rabbit might want some companionship at the end of his life is hard to ignore. Also, when the terrible day comes, having another rabbit that still needs us might help work through the pain. Did we do the right thing by the rabbit? Did we do the right thing by our pet rabbit? Did we do the right thing for us?
Also, a question I failed to think of right away. What kind of responsible animal-care guy gives a pet rabbit to someone he runs into at a convention?
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PS: Reading the Comics, April 27, 2016: Closing The Month (April) Out Edition with a modest selection of comics.