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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > Lola tried to bite the baby, she got my hands instead.
Last Post by MooBunnay at 9/26/2009 4:42 PM (8 Replies)
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User is Offline amanda-penny & lola
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9/23/2009 4:58 PM

Well I'm sure everyone knows Lola had babies about two months ago. They are now going on 8 weeks old. They have been seperated from Lola for about a week now because they are weaned.  I let them out once a day to run around and play & everything is usually fine.  Lola loves to get on my bed and scratch at the blanket so tonight I got out one of her little boys and it didn't take two seconds before she lunged at him.   She missed him and I put my hands in front of her and she bit me twice.   (it hurt).  It scared the crap outta me because I was never expecting her to hurt them.  I guess its my fault.  I should have known better becasue the babies are older now.  

 

I was wanting to keep one but now I'm worried about the bonding.  Penny acts a little weird arond the babies, but he hasn't tried to hurt them.   It might have been because the baby was sniffing her while she was playing on the bed. I'm finding her up there more often in the last week. & she might have been acting territorial?? I don't know. sorry I know i'm going on and on.  but it caught me by surprise.

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User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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9/23/2009 5:50 PM
Well, you could always do what you do when bonding 2 stranger bunnies, and see how Lola and Penny act then. maybe its because they've been seperated, Lola doesn't know Oliver the same as before. It may change after she's fixed too.

User is Offline bunnymum
PA
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9/23/2009 6:03 PM

I don't know but could she possibly be trying to get away from the babies since they are weaned and she has done her job? (I know you seperated them) Just a thought.

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User is Offline katie, max & penny
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9/23/2009 6:04 PM
oh for sure. bunny moms get mean to their babies- she probably thought he was trying to get milk or something. because theyve been separated, you have to treat them like they dont know each other and go through the formal bonding process. even though it seems silly!
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User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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9/23/2009 6:27 PM
Ideally what you would want to do is wait until mom and baby are spay/neutered. And then about a month after. Then start bonding. It's natural that she nipped at the baby-babies are supposed to leave their moms (this prevents inbreeidng and is an instinct). Doesn't mean they can't be bonded, but you will likely need to go about it formally after the surgey
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User is Offline amanda-penny & lola
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9/24/2009 5:36 AM
okay, I will do that. Sorry I should have known better. I was just caught off guard for the first time like that. Never experienced before. scary. She is getting fixed. I Will just have to keep them separated until that happens. thanks
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User is Offline katie, max & penny
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9/24/2009 12:03 PM
dont be hard on yourself!!
its not a big deal- no damage was done

sometimes we forget that buns are wild animals, really. i do all the time!!
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User is Offline KatnipCrzy
Holland, MI
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9/24/2009 6:14 PM

Trust me, I know, rabbit bites are terribly painful!  I got bit once on the back of the hand and once in the big toe when trying to bond my bunnies.  And they leave a heck of a bruise too usually!

Even though you will have to keep them separate- it will not be as "major" an introduction as with bringing a new unspeutered bunny into the house I would not think.  They are already used to the smell and presence of the babies- although they are starting to register more as "adults" I would think.  So you will have to go thru the bonding process- but I think you will have an advantage in the fact that they will be used to each others sight and smell- and you can still do cage swapping also.

When Lola is spayed I am sure she will want nothing to do with the babies and any attempts to nurse right after the surgery- ouch!

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User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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9/26/2009 4:42 PM
I probably would have thought the same thing as you, that I could re-bond Mom and babies easily, but it does make sense that you will have to go through the bonding process again. Sorry you got a bunny bite - I haven't gotten any because usually its my husband that does the job of breaking up the fights, and he's got quite a few scars on his hands from different bunny bites.

Once every-bunny is spayed/neutered/healed, it would probably be a good idea to also re-introduce them in a neutral area where mom will not be as defensive.
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