Alice In Wonderland

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Being a fan of Tim Burton, there is no reason for me to skip his latest collaboration with Disney.

Google-ing results reveal that this movie will not be a straight adaptation of the original novel written by Lewis Carroll.

Instead, this will be Alice’s second visit to the Wonderland, who, as the years gone by, has completely forgotten about her previous encounter down the rabbit hole 10 years ago.

And Alice’s return raises some hope for the inhabitants of Wonderland because this time, she have to free her friends from the evil reign of The Red Queen!

Which character do I like best?

Do I still have to spell it out?

It has got to be the Cheshire Cat!

When I read the book years ago, I was intrigued by that strange cat with the big eyes. Grinning from ear-to-ear, this cat has the ability to appear and disappear at whim. Sometimes, the body would disappear, leaving the head visible while at times, the whole cat would disappear, leaving only a grin behind in mid-air.

Whenever people mention “Alice in Wonderland”, the character that first comes to mind is not Alice, but the Cheshire Cat. This is how deep the impression the Cheshire Cat has on me.

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The Story of Little JULY

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This is Little JULY, one of those ewww-so-cute palm-sized bunny which you can find at the petshops selling for $30 each .  This is what happened to her when she grew up and doesn’t look cute and cuddly anymore. She was abandoned and ‘released’ into the wild where she grew thinner and weaker without food and water. Her hocks and paws bled till she couldn’t walk or run away from the cat that almost pounced on her before she was rescued and nursed back to health by her fosterer.

Setting your rabbit loose dosen’t make her “FREE”; it makes her “FOOD”

This is Little JULY now ~ transformed into a beautiful princess, under the TLC of her rescuer.

July’s fur has since grown beautifully and she has her bushy tail back again. Most of the sores are recovered except for the sore hocks. In fact it was quite badly infected that it has resulted into abscesses in both hocks. The swelling on her left sole is extended to the ankle area as well. X-ray was taken on 13 Aug and good thing that it has not infected the bone. She needs to be on long term anitbiotic plus I have to squeeze out the pus twice daily. She is now on double strength baytril for a more aggressive treatment. Hopefully the swelling can subside soon… Well, but I am still squeezing out pus everyday. It may have to take months to continue such treatment.
Surgical removal is not a good option as these abscesses are on the hock area, too close to the bone and also lots of tendon around. Operation can be tricky. On top of that, the open wound can lead to more infection. As such, we op for long term oral antibiotic and application of ointment.
The good sign is that she is able to hop and run normally. And despite her previous absue and trauma, she did not loss her faith and trust in us human as well as other animal friends. She is extremely friendly and sociable. She has also make her way and conquered the living room and spend most of her time there with my other resident bunnies (She actually has her free roam at the kitchen area but she prefers the living room). Well, of course she get chase by my other female rabbit at times, but Little July never fail to try again. A rabbit with strong perserverance.”

Little JULY was a special guest at West View Primary School on 4th Oct. A school teacher who is a rabbit lover organised this school talk cum fund raising event with HRSS. The teacher gave rabbit educaton talk at the assembly while her students performed a skit based on the story of Little JULY before her presentation.

These are special handmade bookmarks for sale at the event, with photo of Little JULY. All were sold out.

Little JULY received many well wishes cards from the students. So sweet and thoughtful of them. Little JULY is very happy to know they care for her.

She sleeps like a piggy… everyday.

I wonder what comfort she find sitting in this position.
Guess she finds this a perfect way to watch the world goes by…

Her best friend is Uncle Bebe….

My way to say “10 Q” and “I luv u”

IF you ever come across any of your friends who wanted to get a cute young palm size bunny from petshops, PLEASE, do your part to advice them ALL the consequences having a bunny, they will not be in that size forever. They are just like human, will grown from baby to kid to adult. PLEASE…. for GOD sake, we have to be united to spread this words “WHEN BUYING STOP, KILLING TOO”, Bunnies are not toys, they are just like us, they got parents, they got feeling, they got emotion, just that they CAN’T speak. But look into their eyes, if you are sincere enough, they have their stories to tell thru’ eyes and body contact………. Trust me, they are just like you and me. Respect them, love them like we do to our children. IF you can’t commit, PLEASE, leave them alone, don’t even think of BUYING them and later dump them. You are not doing any good to them, cause they will feel hurt when the time you are going to throw them out from your house. So, think twice before you commit.

Advice for some “people” out there – BUNNIES ARE NOT TOYS, please do not simply pass on your “no longer cute or defect bunnies” to others and start buying a new one. If you can’t commit, don’t BUY, else, you are a MURDERER.

Should i keep a rabbit

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Lately, my brother and I have been contemplating about getting a bunny.  I liked NDs for their compact size  (also smaller space and lesser food intake compared to larger breeds) but I heard they have a feisty temper!
I also like Dutch-patterned rabbits.I have this nagging thought in me that that’s how a typical rabbit should really look like… LOL! Then, I also like Holland Lops as well.

Don’t you find their droopy ears simply irresistible? I like their twitching nose and large, lively eyes! Kawaii neh!  I do like local rabbits as well but they tends to grow overly big… I prefer rabbits that are stout and pui pui looking one… 

Now, I’m reading up on rabbit-keeping as much as I can from HRRS and any rabbit websites that I can find on the www.

Hope I can be fully prepared when its time for rabbit keeping! ^-^

Replies To My Article

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Both the HRRS and SPCA have replied to my article in the Straits Times Forum.


WE REFER to the letter, ‘Having a pet is a lifelong commitment’ (ST, May 10), by Mr Foong Zee Kin sharing his experience with abandoned rabbits found in a park.

Unfortunately, his experience is not unique. The House Rabbit Society of Singapore (HRSS) receives about 20 such reports every month.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) runs the largest animal shelter in Singapore and it received 1,187 unwanted rabbits last year, an increase of over 40 per cent from 2002.

Most of these animals had to be put to sleep due to the limited number of adoptive homes and lack of space. HRSS volunteers too respond to numerous requests to rescue rabbits dumped around our neighbourhoods.

However, given the small size of our fostering programme we can accommodate no more than 10 rabbits at any time. Domestic rabbits lack the survival instincts to fend for themselves and less than 10 per cent of those abandoned survive long enough to be rescued.

They become food for everything from cats and dogs to crows. And the ‘lucky’ ones which don’t get eaten, get run over by cars or die from heat or disease.

These are tragic statistics for a nation the size of Singapore. HRSS attributes this trend to the increasing proliferation of pet shops and private breeders.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has established customer-education guidelines for pet shops. However, most shops pay scant attention.

HRSS is also distressed about the increasing number of unlicensed private breeders who breed animals and then sell them over the Internet. To arrest this disturbing trend we have been urging AVA to impose tighter curbs on sale of animals, introduce compulsory micro-chipping, and step up enforcement checks at pet shops.

However, our pleas have gone unheeded. Individuals can play a part in controlling the unwanted-pet population by sterilising their pets. This will not only prevent pregnancies but also improve the longevity and behaviour of pets.

Before committing themselves to owning a pet, we urge all Singaporeans to seriously consider the responsibilities. Pets are for life and rabbits live on average between eight and 12 years. We also encourage adopting a pet from an animal-welfare group instead of buying from a pet shop or a breeder.

When you adopt a rabbit from HRSS or SPCA, you are actually helping two bunnies – the one you take home, and the one that takes its place at the shelter.

Vice-President House Rabbit Society of Singapore

And this is from SPCA:


I REFER to the letter, ‘Having a pet is a lifelong commitment’ (ST, May 10). The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) would like to thank Mr Foong Zee Kin for rescuing four abandoned rabbits recently and for creating more awareness of the plight of abandoned pets.

Small animals are increasingly being abandoned or given up by their owners: over 2,000 were taken in by the SPCA last year, including more than 1,200 rabbits. Last month, we received 177 small animals, including 77 rabbits.

The SPCA urges the public not to buy pets on impulse or to give in to children’s demands unless the family is prepared to keep the animals for the rest of their lives – a rabbit can live up to 10 years.

Too many animals’ lives are ended prematurely because owners are not prepared for such a long-term commitment. As Mr Foong rightly pointed out, domestic pets that are released into the environment will not be able to fend for themselves.

The SPCA appeals to the public not to abandon their pets in this manner. It is an offence to abandon a pet and anyone found guilty of such a cruel act can be fined up to $10,000 or jailed up to one year, or both.

Anyone who sees a pet being abandoned should make a report at the nearest police post or station so that action can be taken.

DEIRDRE MOSS (MS) Executive Officer
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

This is what Cottontail has to share on the second day after my article was posted:

Sad to say, the day after this article was published, a similar case happened near my friend’s place.

A bunny with scabies was folded in half (nose touch toe) and cruelly squeezed into a small pasar plastic bag. The auntie who wanted to dumped the bunny, got no gut to do so and asked a school boy to dumped it for her at a park across the road. The boy didn’t know it was a rabbit inside the plastic, took over it and got a shock. He can’t bare to do so but then the auntie already went off.

This boy tried to bring the bunny to his classmate’s home nearby and met my friend. My friend out of pity took in the bunny as the boys don’t know what to do.

The bunny got very bad scabies till the nose got extra piece of “meat” growing on it. Looks like a pinochio. His toes were all sore and couldn’t walk much. My friend has brought him to the vet for the 1st jab of ivomec.

What has the world become.