Oh man, that reminds me of the day 3 years ago my house bunny ate my Japanese Maple. I had a seedling (only a couple months old) growing in a pot on my deck about a foot tall and nice an bushy (like a perfect lil tree). It was a seedling from the tree growing in my previous yard that was given to us at my fathers funeral. We couldn't move it to the new house due to its now huge size, so it was quite a special seedling to be able to take with me... Jada was loose on the deck and mowed that poor thing down to the stump! I was so bummed out, but couldn't help smiling thinking about how proud of herself she must have felt finding such a treasure!
Sad to say, the maple didn't make it. Fortunately hibiscus react really well to being pruned