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6 days ago  
30 votes:
Holy fark.  This was the beginning of how my 2020 took a nose dive. Mid February, my bunny was showing signs of lethargy and not being able to get  up, kind if just pancaked, so I came home and he started convulsing and hollering then passed away while I was holding him.  I don't remember if there was blood around the mouth, but there was blood on his bum.  He had been otherwise healthy we think a few days/weeks prior.

Then one cat passed away, then covid, then another cat, then more covid.  fark you, 2020
 
6 days ago  
18 votes:
I heard about this about a month ago, but these details are farking scary:

Incubation takes between three and nine days, and the mortality rate ranges between 50 and 70 percent, according to the USDA. And it is wildly contagious: "We had one guy with 200 rabbits, and he lost them all between a Friday afternoon and Sunday evening," Zimmerman said. "It just went through and killed everything."

and...

RHDV2 might live happily on surfaces for 3.5 months at room temperature and 225 days at 39 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive both freezing and temperatures up to 122 degrees, at least for an hour. Only a handful of disinfectants, including bleach, can kill it. And it is potent. "Any contact with a sick rabbit can cause indoor rabbits ... to get sick," says Anne Martin, Ph.D., executive director of the House Rabbit Society. That contact might be as indirect as a fly landing on the body of an infected wild rabbit before buzzing into your house and clipping across a tabletop with its tiny contagion feet. If your bunny then comes thumping across that table, Martin cautions, "it could potentially die that way."

Viruses: serious business.
 
6 days ago  
17 votes:
Man someone really pissed off the grim-reaper this year.
 
6 days ago  
12 votes:
Now cute little bunnies are getting killed? God damn this bizarro dimension sucks.
 
6 days ago  
11 votes:

WalkingSedgwick: Given how many dangerous viruses, including SARS, MERS, and now SARS-CoV-2, that bats develop for deployment into humans, the only good bat is a dead bat.


WHAT THE FARK IS WRONG WITH YOU

BATS ARE A KEYSTONE SPECIES WORLDWIDE. FRUIT BATS POLLINATE. INSECT EATING BATS KEEP YOUR DUMB ASS FROM GETTING A VARIETY OF MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESS.

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Just because you think they have zoonotic disease that's coming for us doesn't mean you get to vote them for death! THEY'RE SPREADING TO US BECAUSE WE ARE DESTROYING THEIR HABITATS YOU JACKASS.

You, sir, are an utter psychopath and bats are doing NOTHING farking wrong! If anything, it's humanity that kicked the balance over!
 
6 days ago  
10 votes:

WalkingSedgwick: mofa: BTW:
There's a virus attacking bats in Canada and the U.S. that isn't the novel Coronavirus. It causes White Mouth Syndrome, and it screws up their (sleep patterns and therefore their) reproductive patterns. If you go into a cave large enough to support a population of bats, the U.S. Forest Service (and likely their Canadian counterparts) insists that you never use those particular shoes/boots in any other cave. I.e., those shoes/boots should only be used in that specific cave in the future.

Don't take the law into your own hands, but it's very bad policy for governments to demand that people protect the bats.

Given how many dangerous viruses, including SARS, MERS, and now SARS-CoV-2, that bats develop for deployment into humans, the only good bat is a dead bat.

We should be spreading white mouth syndrome as aggressively as possible, and seeking to wipe bats off the face of the earth, by any and all means necessary.

Let's see how much they like being killed by a pandemic.


Err, pretty sure you are not being serious, or I sure as hell hope you aren't.

Do you have any idea what the environmental impact would be of wiping out bats?  They primarily feed on insects (at least in NA).  Each one of those bat caves eat a couple tons, literally, of insects each night.

I much prefer living in a world with those little beasties squeaking in the air overhead at night as opposed to being eaten alive by bgs, and then having to wade theough drifts of dead insects...
 
6 days ago  
8 votes:

WalkingSedgwick: GrogSmash: Do you have any idea what the environmental impact would be of wiping out bats?  They primarily feed on insects (at least in NA).  Each one of those bat caves eat a couple tons, literally, of insects each night.

I am entirely serious.

In areas without endemic malaria, we can learn to cope with massive increases in mosquitoes and other insects. We cannot live with bats developing increasingly effective, and now society-destroying, pandemic pathogens every few years.

SARS, followed by MERS, was the warning that we needed to get rid of the bat population. SARS-CoV-2 was the result of failing to do it. Assuming we survive SARS-CoV-2, we might not survive SARS-CoV-3, or whatever else the bat population creates for us next.

It's us or them.


Or, just an idea, don't go farking around in their habitats, or catching and eating them, and everybody is fine.

Instead of destroying a significant aspect of the ecosystem.
 
6 days ago  
8 votes:
Little farkers have eaten more than couple of things in the garden down to the roots, and I still wouldn't wish that disease on them. The article description of what it does to the rabbits is pretty horrifying.
 
6 days ago  
6 votes:

WalkingSedgwick: mofa: BTW:
There's a virus attacking bats in Canada and the U.S. that isn't the novel Coronavirus. It causes White Mouth Syndrome, and it screws up their (sleep patterns and therefore their) reproductive patterns. If you go into a cave large enough to support a population of bats, the U.S. Forest Service (and likely their Canadian counterparts) insists that you never use those particular shoes/boots in any other cave. I.e., those shoes/boots should only be used in that specific cave in the future.

Don't take the law into your own hands, but it's very bad policy for governments to demand that people protect the bats.

Given how many dangerous viruses, including SARS, MERS, and now SARS-CoV-2, that bats develop for deployment into humans, the only good bat is a dead bat.

We should be spreading white mouth syndrome as aggressively as possible, and seeking to wipe bats off the face of the earth, by any and all means necessary.

Let's see how much they like being killed by a pandemic.


Seek help.
 
6 days ago  
6 votes:
That's it, I'm going back to the 1980's.

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I don't ever want to see you again 2020, your such a bugger!

*Whooooomp! Whooooomp!*

MTV here I come!
 
6 days ago  
6 votes:

nitefallz: Holy fark.  This was the beginning of how my 2020 took a nose dive. Mid February, my bunny was showing signs of lethargy and not being able to get  up, kind if just pancaked, so I came home and he started convulsing and hollering then passed away while I was holding him.  I don't remember if there was blood around the mouth, but there was blood on his bum.  He had been otherwise healthy we think a few days/weeks prior.

Then one cat passed away, then covid, then another cat, then more covid.  fark you, 2020


Wow, you've had a pretty rough year. Sorry to hear about losing all those pets and the COVID-29, twice!

But yeah, if the novel coronavirus and this bunny virus ever got together and shared RNA...and coronavirus gained the ability to survive for months on surfaces...and had a 50-70% mortality rate...I hate to think what that would mean for humankind.
 
6 days ago  
6 votes:

GrogSmash: Damnit.  I am having a brainfart.

For some reason I'm thinking this is actually man-made.  I remember there was some nutjob back in the 50s that released a virus into the european rabbit population to control them (vermin conteol), and damn near wiped out the rabbit population in all of europe and the UK.

I can't find a decent link that describes it though...


Are you thinking of this one?
 
6 days ago  
5 votes:
BTW:
There's a virus attacking bats in Canada and the U.S. that isn't the novel Coronavirus. It causes White Mouth Syndrome, and it screws up their (sleep patterns and therefore their) reproductive patterns. If you go into a cave large enough to support a population of bats, the U.S. Forest Service (and likely their Canadian counterparts) insists that you never use those particular shoes/boots in any other cave. I.e., those shoes/boots should only be used in that specific cave in the future.

Please protect our bats.

// They protect Gotham City and, on occasion, the entire planet. And they eat a lot odd bugs.
 
6 days ago  
4 votes:

GrogSmash: WalkingSedgwick: mofa: BTW:
There's a virus attacking bats in Canada and the U.S. that isn't the novel Coronavirus. It causes White Mouth Syndrome, and it screws up their (sleep patterns and therefore their) reproductive patterns. If you go into a cave large enough to support a population of bats, the U.S. Forest Service (and likely their Canadian counterparts) insists that you never use those particular shoes/boots in any other cave. I.e., those shoes/boots should only be used in that specific cave in the future.

Don't take the law into your own hands, but it's very bad policy for governments to demand that people protect the bats.

Given how many dangerous viruses, including SARS, MERS, and now SARS-CoV-2, that bats develop for deployment into humans, the only good bat is a dead bat.

We should be spreading white mouth syndrome as aggressively as possible, and seeking to wipe bats off the face of the earth, by any and all means necessary.

Let's see how much they like being killed by a pandemic.

Err, pretty sure you are not being serious, or I sure as hell hope you aren't.


Either not serious or with significant bat-related issues.  Joker-like typing detected either way.
 
6 days ago  
4 votes:
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6 days ago  
4 votes:
Meh. Rabbits have an extremely effective defense against any infectious agent: they outbreed it.
 
6 days ago  
4 votes:
Bunny Ebola is the name of my Echo & The Bunnymen cover band

Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon (Official Music Video)
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6 days ago  
3 votes:

GrogSmash: Damnit.  I am having a brainfart.

For some reason I'm thinking this is actually man-made.  I remember there was some nutjob back in the 50s that released a virus into the european rabbit population to control them (vermin conteol), and damn near wiped out the rabbit population in all of europe and the UK.

I can't find a decent link that describes it though...


Is This what you're talking about?
 
6 days ago  
2 votes:
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6 days ago  
2 votes:

Ringshadow: WalkingSedgwick: Given how many dangerous viruses, including SARS, MERS, and now SARS-CoV-2, that bats develop for deployment into humans, the only good bat is a dead bat.

WHAT THE FARK IS WRONG WITH YOU

BATS ARE A KEYSTONE SPECIES WORLDWIDE. FRUIT BATS POLLINATE. INSECT EATING BATS KEEP YOUR DUMB ASS FROM GETTING A VARIETY OF MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESS.

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Just because you think they have zoonotic disease that's coming for us doesn't mean you get to vote them for death! THEY'RE SPREADING TO US BECAUSE WE ARE DESTROYING THEIR HABITATS YOU JACKASS.

You, sir, are an utter psychopath and bats are doing NOTHING farking wrong! If anything, it's humanity that kicked the balance over!


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6 days ago  
2 votes:
Rabbit hunting season opens next week in CA. Think I will give it a pass this year. Don't want to be known as patient zero for the new COVID-20.
 
6 days ago  
2 votes:

Mitch Taylor's Bro: nitefallz: Holy fark.  This was the beginning of how my 2020 took a nose dive. Mid February, my bunny was showing signs of lethargy and not being able to get  up, kind if just pancaked, so I came home and he started convulsing and hollering then passed away while I was holding him.  I don't remember if there was blood around the mouth, but there was blood on his bum.  He had been otherwise healthy we think a few days/weeks prior.

Then one cat passed away, then covid, then another cat, then more covid.  fark you, 2020

Wow, you've had a pretty rough year. Sorry to hear about losing all those pets and the COVID-29, twice!

But yeah, if the novel coronavirus and this bunny virus ever got together and shared RNA...and coronavirus gained the ability to survive for months on surfaces...and had a 50-70% mortality rate...I hate to think what that would mean for humankind.


Keanu Reeves already did that movie.  He was kind of a softee wanting his room at the fancy ImPerIAL Hotel in Tokyo.

/it's funny they use $10,000 as the outrageous inflated cost of a high quality future hooker
//in the mean time Trump already paid 15 times that
 
6 days ago  
2 votes:
RHDV2 is "way more infectious than COVID,"

Great. All it takes is a weirdo with a rabbit sex fetish and humanity is royally farked. Can't wait.
 
6 days ago  
2 votes:
As global weather changes, as areas covered by ice for thousands of years become exposed, nature will be teaching us new lessons about what she has to offer in the way of disease.

I'm guessing these are just warning salvos.

We, like all animal species, are here only to be hosts and vectors.
 
6 days ago  
2 votes:

MBooda: When life gives you dead bunnies, make dead bunny stew.

[YouTube video: Fatal Attraction (7/8) Movie CLIP - Boiled Bunny (1987) HD]


We agree!
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/that is the royal we
 
6 days ago  
2 votes:
Virus jumping the species barrier to bats, then humans, in 3 ... 2 ... 1.

Because 2020, that's why.
 
6 days ago  
2 votes:
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From happy to very happy.
 
6 days ago  
2 votes:
OK, OK, rabbit season.
 
6 days ago  
1 vote:

SMB2811: GrogSmash: Damnit.  I am having a brainfart.

For some reason I'm thinking this is actually man-made.  I remember there was some nutjob back in the 50s that released a virus into the european rabbit population to control them (vermin conteol), and damn near wiped out the rabbit population in all of europe and the UK.

I can't find a decent link that describes it though...

Myxomatosis is natural, not man-made. It's also horrible to see a rabbit suffering from it.

To say it was 'one nutjob' isn't accurate, as it was used by Australia, Ireland and Britain around the same time for the same reason. The one guy basically just didn't wait for France to officially do it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myxomato​sis#Use_as_a_population_control_agent


In the 90s a version of RHDV was released in Australia to control rabbit populations and illegally imported and spread in New Zealand.  Then a couple of years ago RHDV2 was "coincidentally" found in wild rabbits not far from a research lab in Australia and then "somehow" got to New Zealand. Last I heard all but 2 commercial rabbitries in Australia had been put out of business and Akubra has resorted to importing rabbit fur from Europe to make felt for their hats. There is an effective vaccine available for the first virus which is not too expensive. In Australia the vaccine for RHDV2 has not been approved to be imported so there is nothing to protect domestic bunnies against that strain as the old vaccine doesn't work for it. There is a vaccine I can get here in New Zealand for my rabbits but it's $80 an annual dose so anyone who breeds rabbits gets stung pretty badly. I have lost vaccinated rabbits to the original strain (looks like nursing does lose some immunity) and it was gruesome. I necropsied them and their entire thoracic cavity was full of blood leaking from the lungs and heart and the intestines were also swollen  and had blood spots on them. I wouldn't wish it on any animal.
 
6 days ago  
1 vote:

Harlee: winedrinkingman: Okay, this is very important.  No one, I mean no one, eat any rabbit right now, and if you do, for the love of God, make sure it is not undercooked.  You all here me?


You guys are gonna eat undercooked rabbit aren't you?

Hey, it is probably a delicacy in China.


Maybe it's finally died out in the past couple of decades, but I've known families who supplemented their diet with fresh roadkill and the kids hunting squirrel and other pests.  Odds were higher for China with their wet markets, but it's not like it's impossible for a highly infectious disease to develop in the US.

First wave of early 1918
The pandemic is conventionally marked as having begun on 4 March 1918, with the recording of the case of Albert Gitchell, an army cook at Camp Funston in Kansas, United States,

As the US had entered World War I, the disease quickly spread from Camp Funston, a major training ground for troops of the American Expeditionary Forces, to other US Army camps and Europe, becoming an epidemic in the Midwest, East Coast, and French ports by April 1918, and reaching the Western Front by the middle of the month.[23] It then quickly spread to the rest of France, Great Britain, Italy, and Spain, and in May reached Wrocław and Odessa.[23]

The origin of the "Spanish flu" name stems from the pandemic's spread to Spain from France in November 1918.[11][12] Spain was not involved in the war, having remained neutral, and had not imposed wartime censorship.[13][14] Newspapers were therefore free to report the epidemic's effects, such as the grave illness of King Alfonso XIII, and these widely-spread stories created a false impression of Spain as especially hard hit.[15]
 
6 days ago  
1 vote:

MBooda: When life gives you dead bunnies, make dead bunny stew.


And that's how you get zoonotic diseases. That, in apparent fact, is how we got Covid-19. "All available evidence for COVID-19 suggests that SARS-CoV-2 has a zoonotic source. Since there is usually limited close contact between humans and bats, it is more likely that transmission of the virus to humans happened through another animal species, one that is more likely to be handled by humans."

Whoa. Here's an idea: go get infected with Covid-19. Now eat a rabbit corpse infected with bunny ebola. If we are very lucky (for all values of "putting humanity out of its misery quickly") the two viruses with do teh dirty and have babies that (1) infect humans and (2) have the rapid fatalities, fatality rate, and infectiousness of bunny ebola.

Hell, let's make it so it can spread to all mammals and we can start over with a different class of the Chordata phylum. My bet would be on the Amphibians.
 
6 days ago  
1 vote:
PSA
Okay, people. If you go in to a cave deeper or longer than about 20 feet on U.S. government or any U.S. state government land, you might want to bring an extra pair of shoes, just in case you need to discard them or restrict their use for that specific cave for one reason or another.

Please protect the environment from your stinky, diseased feet. Think of the butterflies and deer and other gentle friends in the forest.
 
6 days ago  
1 vote:
I have found 2 rabbits in the yard, no marks both looking like they just stopped and dropped.  First time I remember that happening anywhere I have lived.
 
6 days ago  
1 vote:

Dangerous_sociopath: As global weather changes, as areas covered by ice for thousands of years become exposed, nature will be teaching us new lessons about what she has to offer in the way of disease.

I'm guessing these are just warning salvos.

We, like all animal species, are here only to be hosts and vectors.


I'd watch this movie. And buy the book. Then read it.
 
6 days ago  
1 vote:

GrogSmash: Do you have any idea what the environmental impact would be of wiping out bats?  They primarily feed on insects (at least in NA).  Each one of those bat caves eat a couple tons, literally, of insects each night.


I am entirely serious.

In areas without endemic malaria, we can learn to cope with massive increases in mosquitoes and other insects. We cannot live with bats developing increasingly effective, and now society-destroying, pandemic pathogens every few years.

SARS, followed by MERS, was the warning that we needed to get rid of the bat population. SARS-CoV-2 was the result of failing to do it. Assuming we survive SARS-CoV-2, we might not survive SARS-CoV-3, or whatever else the bat population creates for us next.

It's us or them.
 
6 days ago  
1 vote:

GrogSmash: WalkingSedgwick: mofa: BTW:
There's a virus attacking bats in Canada and the U.S. that isn't the novel Coronavirus. It causes White Mouth Syndrome, and it screws up their (sleep patterns and therefore their) reproductive patterns. If you go into a cave large enough to support a population of bats, the U.S. Forest Service (and likely their Canadian counterparts) insists that you never use those particular shoes/boots in any other cave. I.e., those shoes/boots should only be used in that specific cave in the future.

Don't take the law into your own hands, but it's very bad policy for governments to demand that people protect the bats.

Given how many dangerous viruses, including SARS, MERS, and now SARS-CoV-2, that bats develop for deployment into humans, the only good bat is a dead bat.

We should be spreading white mouth syndrome as aggressively as possible, and seeking to wipe bats off the face of the earth, by any and all means necessary.

Let's see how much they like being killed by a pandemic.

Err, pretty sure you are not being serious, or I sure as hell hope you aren't.

Do you have any idea what the environmental impact would be of wiping out bats?  They primarily feed on insects (at least in NA).  Each one of those bat caves eat a couple tons, literally, of insects each night.



And it would eliminate the Congress Avenue Bridge, the only reason for tourists to visit Austin.
 
6 days ago  
1 vote:

nitefallz: Holy fark.  This was the beginning of how my 2020 took a nose dive. Mid February, my bunny was showing signs of lethargy and not being able to get  up, kind if just pancaked, so I came home and he started convulsing and hollering then passed away while I was holding him.  I don't remember if there was blood around the mouth, but there was blood on his bum.  He had been otherwise healthy we think a few days/weeks prior.

Then one cat passed away, then covid, then another cat, then more covid.  fark you, 2020


Sorry to hear about your pancaked bunny. Here's another to cheer you up.
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6 days ago  
1 vote:
One more for u embleer hrair.
 
6 days ago  
1 vote:
When life gives you dead bunnies, make dead bunny stew.

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6 days ago  
1 vote:

Private_Citizen: GrogSmash: Damnit.  I am having a brainfart.

For some reason I'm thinking this is actually man-made.  I remember there was some nutjob back in the 50s that released a virus into the european rabbit population to control them (vermin conteol), and damn near wiped out the rabbit population in all of europe and the UK.

I can't find a decent link that describes it though...

Is This what you're talking about?


That is likely the one.  Smallpox varient, so not this virus then.
 
6 days ago  
1 vote:
o_0

This is horrifying.
 
6 days ago  
1 vote:

GrogSmash: Damnit.  I am having a brainfart.

For some reason I'm thinking this is actually man-made.  I remember there was some nutjob back in the 50s that released a virus into the european rabbit population to control them (vermin conteol), and damn near wiped out the rabbit population in all of europe and the UK.

I can't find a decent link that describes it though...


Myxomatosis is natural, not man-made. It's also horrible to see a rabbit suffering from it.

To say it was 'one nutjob' isn't accurate, as it was used by Australia, Ireland and Britain around the same time for the same reason. The one guy basically just didn't wait for France to officially do it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myxomat​o​sis#Use_as_a_population_control_agent
 
6 days ago  
1 vote:
Damnit.  I am having a brainfart.

For some reason I'm thinking this is actually man-made.  I remember there was some nutjob back in the 50s that released a virus into the european rabbit population to control them (vermin conteol), and damn near wiped out the rabbit population in all of europe and the UK.

I can't find a decent link that describes it though...
 
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