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Aug. 18th, 2004

Yesterday I took a rabbit handling class by the IACUC people. It was better than I thought it would be. I was a little apprehensive about dealing with rabbits because they're supposed to be so much more fragile than mice, and I got the shit bitten out of my by a rabbit once as a kid. But, I might need to make some antibodies one day and so I figured why not. The rabbits were 10 friggin pouds or more. Huge. But mine was relatively cool. We doped them up and practiced injecting them and drawing blood, etc. They were shedding so badly that fur was just floating everywhere like clouds through the room as we worked. I feel pretty confident now about dealing with them. We're running low on antibodies so it might come in handy.

I guess I'll be going back to Baton Rouge this weekend for my mother's birthday. I guess I'll go see my friends; it's been 4 or 5 months since I saw them last I think. Or maybe I won't, I don't know.


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Aug. 18th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC)
UGH!!! I remember a psychobiology lab in college where we dissected formaldehyde preserved rabbits. The classroom was FILLED with floating fur fluff after about 30 minutes when the specimen's fur dried out... Learned the hard way inhaling formaldehyde rabbit fur is NOT good for the sinuses.
Aug. 19th, 2004 12:29 pm (UTC)
I hate dissecting things in formaldehyde. The smell stays in your clothes forever. Luckily we had face masks at the ready to keep that stuff from going up our noses. They were just about the softest things in the world, though.
Aug. 18th, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
I am sure glad that its not "handling mountain lion's" class :p
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