“He was the king and she was his queen.”
Echo and Ahsoka had a close bond from the start. The 5-year-old rescue bunny and his 12-week-old kitten friend spent the majority of their days together. And, despite having feline siblings of her own, Ahsoka preferred her best bunny friend for everything — especially cuddling.
“We thought having siblings would be great [for Ahsoka] and they’d be together, and it would all be grand,” Ryanne Palermo, Echo and Ahsoka’s mom, told The Dodo. “But she chose the bunny over her own [littermates] and bonded to Echo instead.”
Echo, who Palermo rescued from The Animal Foundation, protected Ahsoka from other pets in the house and only allowed the cat to enter his cage.
“Echo ruled the house,” Palermo said. “All other animals feared him — except for Ahsoka, who just loved him. He was the king and she was his queen.”
When they weren’t watching TV with Palermo, the two spent the majority of their time cuddling together.
“All [Echo] wanted to do was snuggle with my husband and I and Ahsoka,” Palermo said. “It’s Echo’s world and we just live in it.”
Sadly, Echo passed in early July. Ahsoka still sleeps in the bed they once shared, keeping the memories of their unique bond alive.
“They were always snuggling and sleeping together,” Palermo said. “She enjoyed playing with his ears, too. She was always gentle and he seemed to love it.”
“They brought so much joy to our lives,” Palermo said. “Seeing them together and so bonded always just made us so happy and made our hearts full.”
Palermo isn’t looking to rescue another bunny anytime soon. But if she does, “Queen” Ahsoka will surely be there to show him all the things “King” Echo taught her and all the cuddles they once shared.
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