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Last Post by Sarita at 8/08/2012 4:30 AM (9 Replies)
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User is Offline Gus
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8/05/2012 9:30 PM

About my bun bun

I don't know of his age, but he is pretty small.  

We found him outside shortly after his mother was bitten by my dog, Violet. I took him in. He is currently being bottle fed evaporated milk, I have no idea where to find kitten formula. 

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In the last picture, he was licking my foot. It tickled. 

I don't know what breed he is, I think he might be a dwarf, not sure yet. 

About me

I'm a 13 year old girl. I am in 8th grade, and I love my pets! I have 1 puppy, 1 kitten, 2 guinea pigs, and now, 1 bunny! 

They are very spoiled.  Not much to say about me, my life is pretty boring. 


User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
Scotland
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8/06/2012 1:27 AM
Wow he is tiny and does look very sweet. Did the mum bun die or did you take her to a rescue? Also make sure you do TONS of research on how to raise a baby bun without its mum because without his mum I think it is quite likely he could die (depending on his age just now but he does look really little). Also I would find a rabbit vet and get him checked out Welcome to the site, don't hesitate to ask questions - everyone here is really helpful
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User is Offline CinnabunMom
in the TARDIS
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8/06/2012 4:02 AM
Welcome to BB! I agree with Isabella, find a vet to tell you his age and give you a plan for taking care of him without his mom. BB and HRS both have links to bunny savvy vets. Did you find him outside? Was he a wild bun?
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User is Offline Hazel
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8/06/2012 4:02 AM

Welcome to the forum!

 

As far as I can tell that looks like a Jack rabbit. Was the moms coloring the same? What happened to her after your dog attacked her? If they are wild, there are likely other babies around and if they weren't weaned they won't make it without mom. What I think you should do is go back to where you found them and look for the rest of the litter, if you find them, take the babies to a wildlife rescue. There they will get the proper care and nutrition and have a chance to be put back into the wild when they are ready. If the mom is still alive they might be able to help her too.

I know this isn't what you want to hear because I'm sure you are already attached to the little thing, but Jack rabbits are not like domesticated ones, they DON"T make good pets! It will have a much better chance with a wildlife rescue.

 

Also, as long as you have it, keep it away from your other pets and wash your hands after handling it because it most likely has parasites.

"You ain't buna fide!"

User is Offline bullrider76543
Joplin MO
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8/06/2012 4:17 AM
@ hazel, I am not too sure about the coloring, my Hazel and Chipmunk are colored just like that and they are netherland dwarf/ mini rex mix.

@ gus I would definatly take the baby to a vet or rabbit rescue to be checked out to make sure. but it is so tiny and cute, LOL wich is a defensr mechinism to stop predators from wanting to eat them. lol gotta love evolution
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User is Offline Hazel
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8/06/2012 4:26 AM
bullrider: You are right, it doesn't HAVE to be a Jack rabbit, a vet could surely determine that. They were found outside though, and either way there is a good chance of a motherless litter fading away out there...
"You ain't buna fide!"

User is Offline bullrider76543
Joplin MO
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8/06/2012 5:04 AM
I agree with that Hazel!!! Perhaps some harmless traps could catch any thay might still be there.
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User is Offline bunnyfriend
Wisconsin
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8/06/2012 8:33 PM

Hi welcome to BB! It is nice of you take care of the rabbit. Baby rabbits are extremely fragile and can be difficult to take care of so a visit to a rabbit savvy vet would be a good idea. That way the vet can determine what kind of diet the rabbit should be on, proper care, ect. The rabbit might be old enough to eat rabbit pellets. Wild rabbits are actually considered a different species than the domesticated rabbits that we all have, so they might require different care. Do you have a rabbit savvy vet in your area? If you haven't heard of one people on here can help you find one or the House Rabbit Society would be a good place to check. Good luck!

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User is Offline emkvet
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8/07/2012 5:43 PM
That rabbit looks like a baby Cottontail rabbit, which is a wild species. I have attempted to raise a few babies (I work with the Exotics veterinarian at the Vet School I attend), and they rarely make it, especially without the exact formulas and care .Evaporated milk doesn't have the appropriate protein or fat content, and it can cause severe digestive upset and diarrhea; also, baby bunnies need a probiotic and subcutaneous fluids. I would take it to a wildlife or exotics veterinarian immediately.

Also, wild rabbits can spread diseases and parasites to domesticated rabbits through contact (if you touch one rabbit, then the other).

User is Offline Sarita
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8/08/2012 4:30 AM
This is a baby cottontail and he is not domestic. They cannot have regular evaporated milk and as emkvet says, they have to have a very high protein formula and this rabbit needs to be taken to a wildlife rehabber and not kept as a domestic rabbit.
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