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China: Dog break-in scares 600 rabbits to death (beware of rural stray dogs)
Asia One ^ | 08/18/11

Posted on 08/20/2011 8:28:49 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Dog break-in scares 600 rabbits to death

China Daily/Asia News Network

Thursday, Aug 18, 2011

CHINA - Three dogs broke into a rabbit farm in a village in Zhejiang province and scared 600 rabbits to death.

Yan Fugen, owner of the farm in Haixin village, found about 1,000 rabbits had died after three dogs broke into the farm on Aug 7. He was surprised when he saw the nearly 600 rabbits that had died had no injuries on their bodies.

Chen Dongxiang, an expert with the local animal husbandry bureau, said the deaths were the result of the animals' stress response.

When rabbits or other animals are scared by a severe noise or sudden surprise, their bodies secrete large amounts of adrenaline.

Their sympathetic nervous system also enter into a state of excitation, causing their hearts to beat fast and their organs to function improperly. That can lead to death.

Chen said pheasants, like rabbits, can also be scared to death.


TOPICS: Agriculture; Chit/Chat; Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: china; dog; rabbit; scared2death

1 posted on 08/20/2011 8:28:58 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Tainan; hedgetrimmer; Unam Sanctam; taxesareforever; Avenger; prion; Iris7; ...
Handwork of so-called "rural dogs":


A rabbit-raiser laments the mass deaths of rabbits that are killed by rural dogs at her farm in Haixin village, Binhai town of Wenling city in East China's Zhejiang province, Aug. 7, 2011. Three unclaimed rural dogs raided the farm early in the morning, killing two-thirds of the 1,500 rabbits, adding woes to the already debt-ridden farmer with the direct losses of more than 60,000 yuan ($9,330). [Photo/CFP]


2 posted on 08/20/2011 8:31:22 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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3 posted on 08/20/2011 8:31:31 AM PDT by null and void (Day 938. The mob is decisive when the law is not.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

*Three* dogs scared *six hundred* rabbits to death? I’m no animal expert, but that sure doesn’t sound right. Something else had to be going on here.


4 posted on 08/20/2011 8:36:57 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (If he has nothing to hide, why is he spending so much $$$ hiding it?)
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To: null and void

I’m betting disease...or poison...dogs were a ploy...


5 posted on 08/20/2011 8:37:39 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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6 posted on 08/20/2011 8:42:39 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Sacajaweau

I wonder if the “scared” rabbits were sold for food afterwards.

Either way, poor lady.


7 posted on 08/20/2011 9:02:57 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Fast Moving Angel

Agreed, they died...but from what, I bet it was either disease, poison, or gas

No dogs did that, scared or not.

At first, I thought it was because they trampled each other, but that looks like a pretty consistent kill.


8 posted on 08/20/2011 9:16:29 AM PDT by dila813
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Oh, how horrible. That poor woman looks devastated.

I wonder if they can recoup some of their lost income by selling the pelts?


9 posted on 08/20/2011 9:25:42 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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Someone is going to be VEWWY VEWWY happy:

Cheers!

10 posted on 08/20/2011 9:28:15 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
found about 1,000 rabbits had died after three dogs broke into the farm on Aug 7. He was surprised when he saw the nearly 600 rabbits that had died had no injuries on their bodies.

Sounds like they had 400 reasons to be scared. I hope Tinky Winky, Dipsy, La La, and Po are OK.

11 posted on 08/20/2011 9:36:46 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Murray / Baucus / Kerry / Upton / Clyburn? I've had better picks come out of my nose.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

That’s a shame. I have had two rabbits get trapped in my garage overnight that died from fright. Little buggers just can’t take it.


12 posted on 08/20/2011 9:40:53 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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That’s a shame - reminiscent of certain birds which become paralyzed with fear and sometimes die in the presence of a snake.


13 posted on 08/20/2011 10:03:22 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It may depend on the rabbit - Billy the Exterminator used a live one as bait to catch a troublesome bobcat for relocation.
The rabbit was in its own cage wired to a live trap and spent some time in there right next to the cat before Billy showed up. He looked pretty calm, not so the bobcat.


14 posted on 08/20/2011 10:18:51 AM PDT by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: TigersEye

I’ve read that rabbits do drop dead if frightened. Little guys are so vulnerable to everything it’s a wonder that rabbits aren’t extinct. They come into this world helpless and are in a hole that every cat within 5 miles seems to find. If they make it through that, they still have cats to contend with until they become full size. After that well...it’s the heart thing.


15 posted on 08/20/2011 10:21:12 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Palin/Perry 2012)
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There are some bunnies you just don’t want to mess with!

Cat gets RAPED by a Rabbit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTpNZFK619s


16 posted on 08/20/2011 10:37:45 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

17 posted on 08/20/2011 10:40:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Little guys are so vulnerable to everything it’s a wonder that rabbits aren’t extinct.

Maybe that explains why they breed like ... well ... rabbits -- in order to have sufficient numbers to keep the species going.

18 posted on 08/20/2011 11:14:54 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (If he has nothing to hide, why is he spending so much $$$ hiding it?)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Not just cats, my dogs relish a nice bunny. And bunnies arent too smart - I’ve had a couple nest right in the back yard.


19 posted on 08/20/2011 11:23:38 AM PDT by birddog
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To: Fast Moving Angel

Yep, I’ve thought about this (ok I love animals) alot.

On another note though, a member of my church actually had a ‘pet’ bunny. I couldn’t believe it but went over to her house and there he was; big as a house kitty, and hopping through the house like he owned the joint! lol He was litter box trained and just the sweetest thing.

I will admit though, with the way our country is crashing, and how the feds are trying everything in their power to further control our food supply, whenever I see a rabbit now I’m thinking ‘food’ and would have no problem with killing one.


20 posted on 08/20/2011 11:49:10 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Palin/Perry 2012)
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I will admit though, with the way our country is crashing, and how the feds are trying everything in their power to further control our food supply, whenever I see a rabbit now I’m thinking ‘food’ and would have no problem with killing one.

I got my first rabbit as a pet recently, and as soon as I get a decent outdoor hutch built, will get a second and start raising baby bunnies. I'm going to give them away until I need to raise them for meat, because they really are very cute, but I'm going to have the meat option available.

21 posted on 08/20/2011 12:05:52 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: Outlaw Woman
Not too many cats or dogs here but there are Coyotes, Bobcats, Red Tailed Hawks and just this morning a sharp shinned hawk was sitting in a tree not twenty feet from my kitchen window. Those are a little rare. Peregrine Falcons have been known to live in the area too and anything that dares go out at night might run afoul of a Great Horned Owl.

But I saw the little sibling of the one that got trapped in the garage today sitting under the shed. Its momma must be around still too. They have a few places to hide nearby so they have a chance. These are wild Cottontail Rabbits.

22 posted on 08/20/2011 3:29:02 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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