His name is Benji, and he's my new roommate. He's really messy and smells kinda funny, but he's quiet and won't drink my beer.
I had been planning to get a pet rabbit for, oh, about 25 years, and was going to go about getting one once I felt I was ready and the condo was sufficiently bunny-proofed.
Then, early last week, I got a frantic message from a friend who works at University of Toronto. A coworker of hers works in medical testing with animals, and had a particularly friendly bunny that was entirely failing to produce the antibodies required for their research. This meant they could not use the rabbit and he would have to be put down.
In comes SPU to the rescue! I spent the next week building a rabbit condo and trying to bunny-proof as much of the place as I could, including a very late night tying up A/V cables and wrapping them in plastic tubing.
It took him most of the first day to step out of the carrier and into his new home, and couldn't bear to be touched, but in just two days he has already joyfully discovered several corners of the living room and eagerly accepts a hearty scratching on the head.
Yes, this is the start of a long friendship. And, of course, like a typically annoying pet owner, I have many pictures.