A woman and neighbors team up to save a rabbit that was found with a dart in its face – CBS Detroit
Parkland, Florida (CBS Miami) – When Misty Banevich saw a rabbit in front of her home in Parkland, Florida, she thought a yellow spot near her mouth was a flower that the rabbit was eating. Later I realized she was very wrong.
“I decided to take a closer look and realized it wasn’t a flower, but an arrow in her face,” she said. Baniewicz took a picture. It does signify that the dart went all the way though.
‘I’m like, ‘Do I see what I see?’ “As I got closer, I could see how a metallic arrow was shooting off from one side of his face and coming out from the other side of his face,” she said.
Pannewich was immediately informed that the rabbit, whom she calls “Marsh,” needed to be caught and treated quickly because she knew another rabbit had been hit in the leg by arrows and did not survive.
Neighbors Mariana and James Simico grabbed their nets and ran to help. James explained, “We dropped the net like that, as accurately as possible, you managed to turn around and take control of the rabbit.”
Rabbit processing is done at the South Florida Wildlife Center. Medical Director Dr Antonia Garender said there were no signs of bone damage or infection.
Now that the rabbit is in a more secluded and more natural environment, Dr. Gardner plans further treatment and wants to keep his stress level low. Stress can cause some serious problems. “We want him to calm down, we want him to eat,” Dr. Gardner said. “We want him to take antibiotics for the next few days until those wounds heal so we can get him out of here,” she said.
Semikos said they hope to see Marsh soon. “I just hope he comes back here, has this beautiful green place to live in, is healthy and happy and we can come visit him a few times,” said Mariana Simeko.
If all goes as planned, the South Florida Wildlife Center hopes to release this rabbit next week in the neighborhood where it was found.
Broward Sheriff’s Office is investigating both cases.