Bunny abused over Snapchat gets surgery in Tampa

Posted at 2:55 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 16:43:08-04

A bunny seen thrown against a wall and kicked in a viral Snapchat video is undergoing surgery in Tampa Friday.

Ms. Fuzzy Pants, who was rescued by police in Jacksonville, Florida, last week is at Blue Pearl.

"She has a fracture in her right femur, which is that thigh bone, she has a fracture there, and then she has several fractures in her pelvis and then she also has a fractured vertebrae," said Dr. Peter Helmer, a veterinarian at Blue Pearl who is helping treat the bunny.

The teens in the video, who police have described as being between the ages of 13 and 14, have been charged in the case.

According to Helmer, bunny rabbits have very fragile bones because they are built for speed. 

Right now, he does not think Ms. Fuzzy Pants knows she is in pain despite hopping on three legs.

Friday afternoon, she is slated to undergo surgery to remove her ball and socket joints.

"They generally do quite nicely after that.  So she will be able to be mobile but she will be exercise restricted," Helmer explained.

According to Helmer, despite the abuse, Ms. Fuzzy Pants still wants to be around people. Veterinarians say they've learned she loves blueberries and are giving those to her as treats.

"She is great.  She is a fantastic little rabbit, she is cuddly," Helmer said.

The bunny will spend several weeks recovering in Tampa and then be sent to a rabbit sanctuary in Naples, Florida, where she will be fostered.

She will then be placed up for adoption.