Adorable bunny saves skeletal 6st anorexic from starving to death – thanks to his routine feeding times
This adorable bunny saved his skeletal anorexic owner from starving to death – thanks to his routine feeding times.
Ellie Taylor’s weight plummeted to just 6st 10lbs in 2011 after her grandad died suddenly, and she started having problems at school.
The pretty teen was living off a minuscule 100 calories a day, and her BMI dropped to a dangerously low 14.7 – a healthy weight range is between 18.5 and 25.
Ellie, now 18, hit rock bottom after she was hospitalised in 2012 – and when she came home her desperate mum Joanne bought her a baby rabbit, hoping the responsibility would help her recover.
But it was bunny rabbit Roary’s regular feeding times that finally helped Ellie overcome her anorexia once and for all.
Ellie, from Rowley Regis, West Midlands, said: “Without Roary I wouldn’t be here now – he saved my life.
“Having Roary gave me something to get up for every day – he gave me responsibility and companionship.
“He needed to be fed regularly, and knowing I had to feed him helped me get into a routine and regulate my own eating patterns.
“After looking after Roary, it made me realise how important food was and how I’d neglected myself.
“If I didn’t look after him properly I knew he would suffer, so I needed to keep myself strong for him.
“The way he’s helped me get through my anorexia is just amazing.”
Ellie, a former drama student, had a happy and healthy childhood – but after the sudden death of her beloved grandad Bob in 2011 when she was just 14, she started on a downward spiral.
Ellie said: “After my grandad died I was really down, and I was having problems at school which didn’t help.
“I tried to ask a teacher for help – but they said I looked fine, and wasn’t thin enough to be anorexic.
“That’s what tipped me over the edge.”
She began restricting her diet, at one point eating nothing but a tiny portion of fish in a day.
Ellie became a shell of her former self – the formerly bubbly teen had to stop singing, dancing and acting, and as she withdrew into herself she began to lose friends and become more isolated.
Ellie shrunk to a painfully thin 6st 10lbs, and in May 2012 after a routine trip to her GP, medics became so worried that they hospitalised her for a month.
Ellie said: “I didn’t want to be in there – it was the worst experience of my life.
“I was still in denial and refused to believe I was ill.
“I wanted to get up and walk around, but the doctors wouldn’t let me – they said it would burn too many calories.
“It was really terrifying.”
When Ellie was finally released from hospital, her mum Joanne bought her a pet rabbit in a desperate attempt to help her overcome her anorexia – and incredibly, Roary ended up saving Ellie’s life.
A year after getting adorable bunny Roary, Ellie was well on the road to recovery and now the pretty teen is looking forward to the future.
Ellie, who is now a happy and healthy 9st 7lbs with a healthy BMI 20.8 for her 5ft 7 frame, said: “I still have down days every now and again, where I feel a bit off.
“But I’ll never go back to how I was.
“When I look back at pictures I don’t recognise myself – I didn’t realise how bad I was.
“What people don’t realise with anorexia is that it’s not all about the weight – most of it is in your mind, and that’s the worst part.
“When I was at my lowest point I was so negative about myself, I didn’t want to live – but Roary helped me to change my thinking.
“I’m so grateful for Roary – it’s thanks to him I’m still here now.”