Edward is a small English Spot mix who was found in a box with other bunnies in a community garden in the Bronx. We suspect all the bunnies in the box were from the same litter as they all had similar markings to Edward. He and his friends were rescued in October 2014 and brought in to the Manhattan animal shelter. The following February, my husband and I visited the shelter after hearing about a bunny hoarder in Gowanus (Brooklyn) who had nearly 200 rabbits confiscated by the city. These bunnies were being held as evidence at the Manhattan shelter pending a criminal case against the hoarder, so we wanted to do our part to free up space at the shelter for their care.
We fostered Edward initially because we weren’t sure how long we’d be living in the US. But we quickly fell in love and adopted him after a few weeks. Edward was among the last of his community garden friends to leave the shelter which still baffles me because he’s such a sweet bunny with great litter box skills. Edward startles very easily but despite his fearful nature he’s also very curious and likes to explore new places, such as the back of our toilet.
Edward loves hay and over time in our home has become a real connoisseur of greens. Living in New York City with a chef (my husband), he gets a wide variety: swiss chard, watercress, escarole, cilantro, kale, bibb, carrot tops, dandelion greens… the list goes on! His favorite treats are bananas and carrots and we also give him no sugar, no sulfur freeze-dried fruits from Trader Joe’s.
Edward hates being picked up but every night he jumps onto the couch for head rubs and the occasional binky. His favorite hangout is under our coffee table.