White thing in ear (what is it?) Holland lop scratching and shaking head

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Maggie123

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I have a 6 year old holland lop/lion head bunny and I noticed he was scratching his right ear and shaking his head a lot today. I looked inside his ear and saw this little white thing. This white thing wasn’t in his other ear. Is this something serious and would it be causing him to scratch at his ear?
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That almost looks like a worm or larvae of some sort, but it's hard to tell what in the photo. If you can't identify it exactly, I would probably get your bun seen by a vet right away. The concern that I have would be if there is a wound there and that is a maggot, which would mean this would be flystrike, which can prove fatal very quickly, even though unusual for this time of year and that doesn't look like a maggot that I can tell. I just can't identify what it is in the photo and I would err on the side of caution in case it is something serious like a maggot.
https://rabbit.org/vet-listings/

If you can get down to the skin where it's attached and get a better ID of what it is, then maybe it can be determined that it's not life threatening and could just be another parasite that can easily be treated, or not a parasite at all. I just can't tell for sure as it doesn't look like anything I'm familiar with.
http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Parasite/Parasites_main.htm
 

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Thanks for the reply! He’s been running around and when I checked his ear again, it looked like some of it was dislodged. I’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow and might bring him to the vet to get it checked. Thanks!
 
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