What happens if you eat a myxomatosis rabbit

Whittler Kev

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But the next question everyone has avoided is
Would you finish one off humanely and dispose of it if you saw one? just thinking that most starve to death if they don't die of thirst first.
Is my irony bone playing up again? Isn't the pun with the Hunchback of Notre Dame "His face rings a bell"?
"Mixing my toasties" :lmao::lmao::lmao:
 

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But the next question everyone has avoided is
Would you finish one off humanely and dispose of it if you saw one? just thinking that most starve to death if they don't die of thirst first.
When I'm in an affected area I'll 'neck' any I see.
Much rather be doing another type of necking with the bunny in Biker's pic though.

I'm wondering if there will be a few less cases this year following the harsh winter. Bites are transmitted by fleas and ticks, so hopefully the cold might have bumped a few of these off.
Horrendous way for the rabbits to die.
 
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I have eaten a few myx'd rabbits not through hunger and never done me any harm as the virus is species specific and only affects the nervous system not the meat but the drawback of them is there is not much meat on them so a bit of a waste of time
 

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Dispatching a poor mixied bunny is a mercy.

I'd rather not eat one.

As for the one with the the gill nets on her legs - I'd say contagion is highly likely.
 
Anyone got a tutorial on the best way to catch one of these?
If it's any consolation they can't run so fast in those heels, so catching it shouldn't be too hard. Keeping it... well, that's another matter.

What JonathanD said; become a vacuous premier footy player but then you'd have to have an IQ of a retarded ant. Now Rugby players they seem quite eloquent. Don't know if their wives look like a bunny though.
 

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I accidentally trod on suffering little bunny once, my mates lurchers had gone straight passed it before I felt the squelch under my foot.
 

Miyagi

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Two rabbits eating toasted sandwiches..
The first rabbit sticks to eating a ham and cheese sandwich.
The second rabbit tries a ham and cheese sandwich.. and then tries a cheese and tomato sandwich...

The second rabbit is halfway through his second sandwich when he suddenly collapses and starts to writhe in pain..

"Whats wrong"? asks the first rabbit..

with his last breath, the second rabbit replies...."Mixing my toasties"
Not heard that joke in years. :D

I used to despatch bunnies with Mixy in the past, but what with them being blind and all, the message was never delivered.

I learned to stick with Pigeons after that, theyre quicker than the Postie. Just don't launch them anywhere near Trafalgar Square or any big railway station.

Never eaten a mixy rabbit, never been tempted or hungry enough but yes, I have put them out of their misery.
 

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become a vacuous premier footy player but then you'd have to have an IQ of a retarded ant.
That high? Nah...

Tengu makes a very valid point re secondaries - rabbits are susceptible to hepatitis which isn't as species specific as myxi. Myxi is immunosuppressive in rabbits and I've no idea if hep C can be transmitted to people from rabbit blood if you have an open cut but I'd definitely be wary of cleaning myxied rabbits just for that reason though.
 

Harvestman

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Here in the South Wales valleys I don't think there is much suitable habitat for the "footballer's bunny". I've never seen one in the wild, anyway.
 

John Fenna

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Mixy is a man made disease - tested on the Welsh islands - and one reason that I find "animal research" offensive!
Man can be realy cruel when he puts his mind to it.....

I understand that you should not eat the liver or brain of a mixy rabbit but that otherwise you are fine...if you realy want to eat one!
I much prefer the other kind...but have not seen any in the wild - yet!
I keep looking though :)
 

Dark_Lighter

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first thread on mixxy that i have seen with pictures that make me happy ;P

I understand that you should not eat the liver or brain of a mixy rabbit
Im almost sure the liver is fine to eat as long as it looks healthy as Myxomatosis doesn't directly affect the liver at any stage of disease.

However its not just social ideas which have to be dealt with to eat a mixxy but the fact their usually starving and once skinned almost completely wasted away. The point of risking eating one isnt so much wether its safe or not but how desperate you are to eat....
 

Dark_Lighter

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You got a source, reference or citation for that John?
Mixxy wasnt created by man its just been purposely released in many locations around the world to controll rabbit population..... i think John is getting mixxy confused with RHD which was created by man and is just as bad if not worse for the rabbits than mixxy is.