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Surgery successful on abused bunny’s right hind leg

TAMPA, Fla. – Veterinarians at BluePearl Veterinary Partners surgically removed fragments of bone from the leg of the abused bunny named Fuzzy Pants on Friday, giving her a great chance of being able to walk normally and pain-free.

Dr. Michael Reems of BluePearl Veterinary Partners prepares for surgery on Fuzzy Pants, a rabbit who suffered bone fractures because of abuse.

Dr. Michael Reems of BluePearl Veterinary Partners prepares for surgery on Fuzzy Pants, a rabbit who suffered bone fractures because of abuse.

“I think it went very well,” said Dr. Michael Reems, the board-certified surgeon with BluePearl who performed the surgery, with assistance from Dr. Caitlin Davis.

Reems removed the upper tip of the rabbit’s right hind femur, or thigh bone, where it had been broken. Otherwise, Fuzzy Pants would have suffered lifelong pain around the fractures. Connective tissue around the area where the bone was removed will allow Fuzzy Pants’ leg to move virtually normally, and without the pain.

Fuzzy Pants also has two pelvic fractures, which are beginning to heal.

Fuzzy Pants will remain at BluePearl over the weekend as the staff carefully monitors her and makes sure she recovers well from the effects of anesthesia.

“I think her prognosis is really good,” said Dr. Peter Helmer, who is board-certified in avian veterinary medicine and leads the exotic animal service for BluePearl in Florida. “Our expectation is that she will have full mobility and recover from this incident.”

Three teenage girls were arrested last weekend in the Jacksonville area after a video surfaced that showed some of the girls throwing the rabbit against the wall. The video prompted outrage on social media and extensive media attention.

The group Southwest Florida House Rabbit Rescue is acting as foster parents for Fuzzy Pants and will eventually find a permanent home for the rabbit, who is believed to be about six months old. They can be reached at swflrabbits@gmail.com.

The rabbit rescue group chose BluePearl because of past experience with its expertise. BluePearl employs many veterinary specialists, including Drs. Helmer and Reems, who have taken on years of additional study to become certified as experts in their fields.

Dr. Michael Reems of BluePearl Veterinary Partners performs surgery on Fuzzy Pants, a rabbit who suffered bone fractures because of abuse.

Dr. Michael Reems of BluePearl Veterinary Partners performs surgery on Fuzzy Pants, a rabbit who suffered bone fractures because of abuse.