More wheeled pets: file this one under “Delightful”

This bunny isn't that cute: But it may be paralyzed, so it sort of fits with the story.
This bunny isn't that cute: But it may be paralyzed, so it sort of fits with the story.Courtesy Franco Folini
Cross reference with “cute,” “animal health,” and “cyborg.”

Yes, here at Science Buzz we tirelessly pursue any and all stories on wheeled animals for you, the Buzzketeer.

So check this out: a wheelie bunny! Oh, man!

What does this have to do with science? Um, I don’t know. Does it matter? Did you see that little bunny?

Ah, fine. It’s about animals, obviously, and animals are sort of sciencey. Health, too, I guess—Bun bun there was left paralyzed by some mystery disease. The pathology of rabbit paralysis probably isn’t a huge priority in medical research, so they don’t know exactly what happened to this bunny, but a number of conditions that affect the nervous system can result in paralysis. If you’re really into the many ways rabbits can become disabled, check out this page, but the short version is that roller-bun probably became paralyzed after a protozoal infection (protozoa, remember, are little, single-celled organisms), in particular an infection caused by the protozoan parasite Encephalitozoon cuniculi. For a little bit more on encephalitozoonosis click here.

And I guess this is sort of about prosthetics too, but old-school, basic prosthetics. No Luke Skywalker limbs for paralyzed bunnies.

The main thing, again, is that picture of the bunny.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Beer Yeti's picture
Beer Yeti says:


It is only a matter of time before that creature's metallic members become self aware. Science is pretty clear on what happens after that: the molecular melding of the rabbit's thorax and the newly self-aware, steel legs! There's nothing funny about Thumper turning into a bitter, vengeful cyborg.

posted on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 5:17pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Self-aware, metallic members are key players in some of my worst nightmares. Just awful.

I see your point, and I agree that we must acknowledge this very real threat. However, in this case, I think there's an element that will buy us (that is, humanity) quite a bit of time: roller bunny has also lost control over his faculties of evacuation, if you will. The upshot of this is that he has to wear a little bunny diaper.

However bitter, no cyborg would be caught dead rampaging around in a diaper. And the alternative involves rusty mobility equipment and a clear trail to his hideout. So checkmate, bunny, checkmate.

posted on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 5:40pm
Beer Yeti's picture
Beer Yeti says:

There's always the possibility that the unfeeling steel members will override the rabbit's basic sense of dignity. Or, the self-aware metal legs would adapt to their new host and create some means of aiding its evacuative functions. Then again, would that interfere with the rocket pods' wiring in the cyborg underbelly?
Whatever happens, it's time to dig in and ride out this storm.
Until resolution comes to the Cyborg Rabbit situation, our entire facility will be on high alert (and busy fashioning offensive weapons out of lab equipment). Looks like our mandatory kung fu requirement for employees is going to finally pay off!

Beer Yeti

posted on Thu, 11/20/2008 - 10:18am

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