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I haven’t slept even after hour of guided meditation. For the last 2 days or so I had been caring for a truly orphaned, two week old baby bunny left for dead and covered in fly larvae. The worst part is, he passed away from dehydration according to a wildlife rehabber I contacted. I feel the most guilt I’ve ever felt in my life. It’s was a hot day and even I was feeling the effects and I didn’t at all worry about him. He protested being in his cage and only ever wanted to be in my hands or my shirt. I can’t believe I didn’t think that he may too be needing extra hydration and I hate myself for it. I know I did the best I could and shouldn’t beat myself up but I can’t shake it. I can’t shake how truly ignorant I feel. Please help ease my heart and my head because I can’t stand the thought of being resentful towards myself every time I see a bunny or hear the word “dehydration.”

Thank you for reading.

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How sad.  You didn't mean for it to happen.  I made an error in judgement and my kitten died and I spent a lot of time being angry with myself, wanting so much to be able to go back and do it differently.  I still have my moments but things have gotten better.  We all do the best that we can.  What happened was not done with malice, it's obvious you cared about this sweet little creature.  Please keep reaching out.  I have found great comfort here.

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Please don’t punish yourself anymore. The fact you are feeling so much pain shows what a kind and caring person you are. What would have happened to this poor little bunny if you hadn’t cared for it. It was not your fault this happened to the little bun. My bunny passed away a few weeks ago. She was much older, she had dehydration despite me constantly trying to get her to drink. Unfortunately bunnies are so fragile and when something goes wrong they can stop eating and drinking. The dehydration was more than likely secondary and your bunny was so young to be orphaned. I hope you will find comfort knowing you did your best and gave this little bun the best chance, plus it got to know love.
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