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2 rabbits shot with metal arrows in a park • Coral Springs Talk

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By Kevin Deutsch

Authorities are looking for the person (s) who fired metal arrows at two swamp rabbits in Parkland, killing one and causing facial injuries to another.

A group of Parkland residents found the surviving rabbit on Sunday with the sharp arrow stuck in its face, the gun entering through one side of its mouth and exiting the other.

Animal-loving rescuers, led by resident Misty Rice-Baniewicz, removed the dart and humanely trapped the rabbit, brought to the South Florida Wildlife Center in Fort Lauderdale.

“He has been living with this metallic object across his face for weeks because it was mistaken for a flower in the rabbit’s mouth,” Rice-Baniewicz wrote in a Facebook post about the attack.

Once at the wildlife center, the rabbit received x-rays and treated with antibiotics, fluids and pain relievers, along with plenty of rest and relaxation, said Christel Fiddyment, supervisor of the wildlife center clinic, who takes care of injured and orphaned wild animals. .

Credit: Misty Rice-Baniewicz

The rabbit has since been released from the centre’s intensive care unit and was playing in an outdoor habitat area on Friday night.

“After a few stressful days, he hops, eats and he will be able to start again. [for release in Rice-Baniewicz’s yard] Monday if all goes well, ”Fiddyment said.

Swamp rabbits are native to Florida and live in the backyards and natural areas of Parkland. They are part of the rabbit family and are highly stressed animals known to freeze when confronted with humans, Fiddyment said.

They shouldn’t be captured and moved by humans, as areas like Parkland are their natural habitat.

“It’s really cruel what happened to these animals,” Fiddyment said of the arrow attacks.

Of the surviving rabbit, she said: “He was probably standing in the same place, terrified, and someone shot him in the face. Fortunately, this injury did not kill him and… he is able to function.

Credit: Christel Fiddyment

The deceased rabbit was shot in the leg and was never brought to the wildlife center, Fiddyment said. He probably died of shock with the arrow stuck in his body.

“I really hope they find out who did this,” she said.

Rice-Baniewicz urged anyone with information “regarding the responsible person (s) walking around and recklessly and carelessly killing and injuring innocent wildlife” to contact Broward Sheriff’s Office Detective Robert Rutkowski at robert_rutkowski @ sheriff. org.

“The community is outraged here in Parkland… let’s make sure that no other innocent and harmless animal does not have to inadvertently suffer,” Rice-Baniewicz wrote.

Credit Misty Rice-Baniewicz

Donations to the South Florida Wildlife Center can be made through the nonprofit organization’s web page.

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Kevin deutsch
Kevin deutsch

Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning criminal journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has served on staff for the Miami Herald, the New York Daily News, and the Palm Beach Post.

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