December 12, 2022

I’ve been lurking for a while...

Question:

I’ve been lurking for a while and have lots of questions, but hope they’ll be answered the more I read. But one question has occurred to me today as a friend has ill rabbits. If disease isn’t contagious, how can we explain myxomatosis or hemorrhagic disease as it seems to spread through rabbits like wildfire. Assuming rabbits diets (in the wild) is pretty clean?

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Terrain answer:

These situations are usually a cover for a mass poisoning of the rabbits. Either by specifically poisoning the rabbits because they are seen as pests or by dropping poisons meant for other species and the rabbits are just the secondary victims.

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