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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RESCUE EFFORTS FOR SHELTERS > SURPRISE! She was Pregnant! O_O
Last Post by Hokankai at 11/06/2011 5:36 PM (30 Replies)
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User is Offline Hokankai
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11/02/2011 3:42 AM

Whoops, I guess I was too overwhelmed to remember that rule. Ah well, I'll take the pics down.

Anyway, there's no way I have time to take the babies and mama back until next weekend (they're 45 mins away). Should I just let mama do her thing and let nature take it's course?
And no, the 3 older kits are not separated and won't be because I don't have anywhere to put them, so for now everyone's together in my 4x4 pen/cage.


User is Offline Beka27
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11/02/2011 7:58 AM
Can you get a second xpen? It's really important that the older ones be separated from the babies. Even just a makeshift enclosure out of NIC grids would work.

Mama will know what to do with the new babies. Sadly, she's no stranger to kits. In the meantime, you can leave the babies alone, just make sure that mama has plenty of hay, veggies, pellets, and water accessible.

Have you been able to get ahold of the shelter yet? Please update us when you do.
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User is Offline Hokankai
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11/02/2011 11:53 AM
Got a hold of the shelter finally, and they apologized for being hard to get a hold of. Ironically it was an email that got me a call back within half an hour! Ugh.

They want me to hold onto the three older kits and return mama and babies when I can. I'm a college student and the shelter is 45 minutes away, so I'm going to have to plan when I head up there. I think it'll probably be next weekend or something like that because I don't have time to go up there for awhile.

No I don't have a second Xpen, but everyone gets reign of the room when we're home, so I think it'll be fine. The babies have been chilling on top of or inside of the house and mama doesn't mind, so it'll be fine.

User is Online Monkeybun
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11/02/2011 12:48 PM
I dislike that rule Considering its a foster bun too, not a pet that got to another pet.... bah.

User is Offline Beka27
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11/02/2011 1:33 PM
One reason for the rule is because if someone Googles images for "baby bunnies!", we don't want Binkybunny coming up and then people misinterpreting the site as a place that promotes breeding. Also, members used to be able to post accidental litter pictures, but then the threads would become an avenue for providing photo updates, which seemed to glorify baby bunnies, and we don't want to encourage that. It's simpler to just have a "blanket rule" against baby bunny photos. We all obviously love bunnies or else we wouldn't be here, and baby buns are impossibly cute, but there are other places online to look at those pics if you want.
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User is Offline Hokankai
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11/03/2011 2:12 PM
So I've been doing some research and now I'm worried that mama is going to reject the babies once I take her to the shelter. I think I'm going to hold onto them for as long as I can and then bring them in. I just don't want something like that on my conscience

User is Offline Sarita
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11/03/2011 3:10 PM
I would just take the first litter to the shelter and then the second when they are old enough.

User is Offline Hokankai
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11/03/2011 4:42 PM
They want the little ones back, it's not really my call.They don't adopt out young rabbits, so I'd be fostering until they're old enough to be fixed.

I'm not sure what their plans are for the babies, but all I know is I don't have the space or resources to care for that many for very long.

User is Offline Beka27
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11/04/2011 12:58 AM
I'm not very versed on caring for bunny litters, what is the danger in transporting them? The mother may reject them in a new place? If that's it, you might want to work on transitioning them to a big box or the bottom of a large pet carrier that you can transport them in and leave at the shelter. I would think the familiar scent should help the mother.

I agree that the new litter needs to go back. The set-up you have currently is barely big enough for 3 bunnies long-term. It will work for now since they have plenty of exercise time, but there's no way you have enough space for 9 babies and a mama bun. Like I said before, your effort will be better spent on littertraining the older buns and get them "socialized" for a new homes.
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11/04/2011 2:12 AM
Thanks for respecting the rule about baby bunny pix. Beka explained it well. MonkeyBun, you are a responsible bunny owner who appreciates bunnies without concern, but the result of the flurry of baby bunny "oops!" litter posts was that members were saying they wanted some, and wanted to just "see what it was like to have babies born" so it was inspiring some subsequent litters that were very questionable - the adult or teenaged bunnies were not being separated after all, and more and more appeared. It happened within a few months, so BB came down on the activity by stopping the pix and getting the details of the circumstances of each litter so we could separate the intentional ones from the accidental litters where the owner was in genuine distress. Unfortunately, the intentional litters led to distress very quickly as well, which led to trips to their local shelters, etc. etc. Putting that rule in place seemed to have an immediate beneficial effect, at least on the site. So thank you, ~KK~ for your response.

I wouldn't worry about the mother rejecting the babies. I agree with Beka that you can make a travel box with the same nesting material and litter in it so they are on familiar bedding that smells like home while they go there. But I don't think the mother will let it effect her now that she's caring for them already. And if she does, it's better for them because the rescue has the resources to feed and care for any babies that might be in distress. You would feel even worse if you needed to take over feeding and didn't have the ability to buy or make the right food source to replicate what they get from their mother. There may even be a surrogate bunny available there to help her, so I would let them take over the litter for you.
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User is Offline Hokankai
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11/06/2011 5:36 PM
Well, as an update, the babies are about a week old and all seem to be doing great. We check on them multiple times a day and they all seem to be getting fed well despite there being 9 of them. I'm planning on returning them and mama to the shelter once it feels like I'm swimming in rabbits, haha.

Despite this being an accidental litter, I've enjoyed watching them develop and change everyday
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