A dangerously sick rabbit is in recovery after a good Samaritan rescued it from the side of a Brockton road and brought it to a shelter.
The Enterprise reports Simpson, a white Himalayan mix rabbit, was found with a serious ear infection on Nov. 30 when it was brought to the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts in Brockton.
“We think someone may have abandoned him by the dump,” Kim Kokkotos, program and development director of the Brockton shelter, told the newspaper. Simpson was treated at Lloyd Animal Medical Center in Stoughton, where veterinarians determined he had a painful mites nest where his ear was crusted over, as well as fleas all over his body.
“The nest was embedded in his skin and fur so staff took their time, trying to remove it while causing as little discomfort as possible,” Kokkotos wrote on a GoFundMe campaign set up to raise money for Simpson’s treatment. “The process took many days – removing small pieces of the nest, treating the infection and pus underneath, and allowing the delicate ear skin to heal.”
The shelter hopes to make Simpson available for adoption in January, according to the newspaper.
“Despite the pain Simpson was in he has remained a friendly and sweet bunny who likes the company of people and shows great trust in the staff to help him,” Kokkotos wrote. “Everyone here is in love with the tough little guy!”