Zwart passed away unexpectedly two nights ago.
He had been fine. He was eating well and bouncing around. He was due for a shearing next week and I had groomed him before I left for the spinning retreat. I returned and he was great and happy to see me, with all systems looking fine. 24 hours later he exhibited slight twitching and seemed depressed in his cage. He did not eat his breakfast at all and I offered greens but no feed for dinner. I decided that on the following day I would let him romp around the yard and get a good look at his behavior. But, in the morning, he was already gone.
I will miss him. He was a dear, dear rabbit, without a mean or wayward bone in his body. A true lover.
When bunnies pass away this suddenly with no outward signs, I suspect a heart defect, a stroke or a real intestinal dilemma, but not woolblock when the stools had been normal right along. Without an autopsy, I will never really know, but he was in prime condition.
My daughter helped me bury him, right outside the doe's barn, where he had spent a happy week with them only 3 weeks ago. Hopefully there will be some Zwart juniors hopping around in a few weeks. That thought does ease his passing...a little.