Lee Meyer wrote at 2006-08-15 03:34:59
I am very sorry to hear about your rabbit. I'm sorry you had to go through that experience as well.
Rabbits scream out of terror, death terror is common. Rabbits can literally be 'scared to death' by a predator without the predator even being able to touch them. One of the reasons I am not an outdoor hutch advocate. Screams are not something a prey animal does lightly, as it is their nature to be as silent as possible.
If he had something wrong with him and it was affecting his brain, he could have very well been hallucinating or dreaming something that could have scared him to death. The limp behavior may have been an indication he was in shock already, and the twitching/convulsions (in my armchair opinion) could be an indication that something really was affecting his brain (neurology) in some way as to make him believe he was in mortal danger.
I'm sorry you had to lose him this way, we can only be glad he isn't suffering anymore.
Kaye wrote at 2010-04-05 13:32:22
My 2 year old Hollan Lop died Friday that way. I have always had multiples and many a rabbit has died in my arms. She had never been sick in her life, nor were my other rabbits ill. My rabbits have their own room and lead a really good life. She came to find me, I picked her up and she was limpish. She went into seizures which I have seen each time a rabbit died. But she literally screamed until she died. It was so horrific. The worst thing you can ever experience in your life. It is almost too awful to describe.
lou wrote at 2015-10-02 06:24:31
Our mini rex passed away the day before. He let out 3 or 4 very loud and long screams while he was breathing very heavily. He never made such sounds when he was alive. It was painful to hear.
He went through all of the dying process of a human and more. He
had tears in his eyes and when I wiped them off, he blinked 3 times. It was so heart-wrenching to watch.