A little while ago I posted about a pair of adult holland lops (male and female) that were at our local pet store awaiting adoption. Even though they're both spayed/neutered no one had shown interest in giving them a loving home After alot of talking with my partner Jonathan we decided we would be able to adopt them and give them the type of home they deserve. (it was heart breaking seeing them there week after week looking sad) We welcomed our new buns home on sunday. Currently they don't have names and according to the pet counsellor they were un-named when the pair was surrended to the humane society.
We've set up an extra xpen next to Luna and Shadow's home so they can sniff one another through the wire without any fighting. Luna has surprisingly been fairly accepting of the new buns and was even licking the females face and ears last night through the wire. BUT Shadow has been an utter grouch. She has nipped the new bun's butts through the wire once or twice and when we have had them out in neutral territory for a few mins at a time for interaction (both my partner, jonathan and I are home when we do this to ensure proper supervision) Luna just binkies around doing her own thing, not phased by the new buns being there. Shadow however had chased the female bun, and they've actually fought once or twice, the fur flew We put Shadow back in her house, and allowed Luna to stay out with the new buns. Tonight Shadow grunted at Luna when we put her back home also. Shadow sulks under her wooden bridge now and won't even accept treats when we offer her them. As I write this Shadow and Luna and snuggling like best buddies once again.
Is this normal? Any suggestions on what might make the transition a little bit smoother? The female of the new buns is a very docile bunny, and keeps to herself mostly. The male bunny stays in his "castle" 90% of the time.
I was thinking of naming them Bonnie and Clyde.