A young wild rabbit was found recently on the Maer having convulsions. It died soon after and was taken for investigation. Sadly, this case has now been confirmed as RHDV variant 2 which is a deadly and HIGHLY INFECTIOUS rabbit disease wiping out rabbit populations all over the country. It can spread quickly and does not require any contact between animals.
If you have PET RABBITS or know anyone who has pet rabbits please check that vaccinations are up to date. Variant 2 vaccinations have not been available for very long so you need to check that your rabbits had Variant 2 vaccinations (not just variant 1).
We hope that the Maer warren will survive this infection.
Sorry - horrible news.