Hi everyone, I have been lurking on the forums but havent posted for awhile so I thought we could give you an update on whats been happening around South Australia
So a few months ago a man came into my shop and told me that he had 6 bunnies from an accidental litter that needed homes. I had a few personal issues with the local shelther around that time, and said that I could take them in and rehome them, and we talked about desexing his rabbits etc (2 of them were already done)... So they came home with me.
Finding good homes for them was really hard! We had heaps of people enquire, but I was so paranoid about them going in someones backyard in a hutch... and being forgotten... but finally everything went fantastic, and they all found good indoor homes in same sex pairs with people who desexed them etc... A happy ending.
The same man came into the shop again the other day and told us he had more litters. All of his males were now desexed so we werent sure how. There were 9 in the first litter, 5 in the second, and 6 in the third. They were all 4 weeks apart.
JerseyGirl and I went to have a look one night, and sexed all the 8 week old babies. There are 8 in the first litter to be rehomed.
The next day he came in to see me and told me that some of the babies that were 6 or 7 days old were dying, and one wasnt looking well at all! I wanted to go and have a look that night but he was working. The following morning I went around there but unfortunately it had passed away. We were too late. We looked at the rest of the ones in the litter and 3 of them looked fat and healthy, but 2 looked really skinny and wrinkly. We tried to catch mum but all the adult bunnies were hiding in burrows and really stressed.
I ended up taking these 2 little ones home to bottle feed. One had diarrhea, but was still a bit thirsty, and the other one sucks from the syringe really well. They were both bright and happy last night but unfortunately when JerseyGirl came to visit this morning we were sad to find that we had lost one.
Jersey and I went to pick up the 8 week olds, as they are fostering at her place until they find homes.... (JG has 12 bunnies )
When we got there the man told us that another tiny baby had died overnight and the remaining 2 looked really bad.
There were 2 left, a little black otter and a little fawn one.
Mum obviously wasnt feeding because these 2 looked so malnourished. We brought them back to my work and gave them some milk. Little Otter one (Koo-Koo-Kachoo) passed away within 20 minutes, but the other one is doing really well so far...
So now we have 2 little babies that are about 7 days old. JG and I think they look younger, but its hard to say. Im milk feeding them every few hours as they are so thirsty. One had diarrhea but it seems better this afternoon... and JG has just taken her 8 little babies home...
We tried sexing the rabbits that were at the mans house this morning to see who the male is thats not fixed but we cant find him! There are 2 more pregnant females there, he says he only has 5 rabbits that are adult but that kind of doesnt add up. We found three females, two of them are pregnant AGAIN, and 2 males.... neither of them seem to have "Boy bits" .... I know he had 2 desexed.... we cant work out how they are getting pregnant! The bunnies had used the same nest for 3 litters, and it smells really really bad, like a decomposing smell, so hopefully if he cleans it out the next 2 litters could be raised by mum, but its got us really confused as to how they are getting pregnant
The one on the left is doing really well today, JG named her Earl, and the one on the right is Chance, unfortunately he passed away this morning.
This is Earl, after giving her a syringe of her milk.
Here are the 2 little bunnies that are thriving this afternoon. JG has named them for me because I was worried about getting attached, they are touch-and-go at the moment, but they are doing well today and with some healing vibes we are keeping our fingers crossed.
Pekoe and Earlie are their names. Pekoe is slighly more orange than little Earlie. Im off to give another feed to them now, but I think JG has some great pictures to share too And of the 8 week olds too.