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Last Post by Lippy at 2/13/2007 1:52 AM (7 Replies)
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User is Offline Lippy
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2/06/2007 4:58 AM

I'm new to the site, but have been reading it a lot for ages... it's given me a lot of information thank you very much!!!

We've had OJ for about 4 months now and have sent him to the vets to get neutered today.  But, funny thing, until today we thought he was a she!!   

That's what we were told and we never thought to check!! 

Poor thing will have some gender re-alignment issues after four months of being called a "little madam".

 


User is Offline osprey
Los Altos, California
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2/06/2007 6:17 AM
Welcome Lippy,

Misidentification of the gender of rabbits is really really common, even with people who know a lot about rabbits.  In young bunnies, it is even harder because the males'  testicles do not show right away.

I read a really funny writeup once about a lady who found out that her girl bunny was actually a boy.  So she stopped calling him "my sweet little girl" and started calling him "my big boy", or something close to that.  The bunny got mad!   He wanted to be called a sweet girl!  She had to go back to using female language with him, because he had grown used to it.

User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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2/06/2007 6:44 AM
Lippy,

Glad you've been getting lots of good information on Binky Bunny! We're happy you've joined :-)

It can be hard to properly sex very young bunnies, many pet store bunnies are mis-sexed. Even worse - it happens often when people buy a pair of "sister" and then one day there are babies! I'm glad this didn't happen to you! At least there's OJ is a pretty gender neutral name. :-D I am glad to hear you had him neutered though.

Osprey - your story cracked me up!

~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline dmh426
Syracuse, New York
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2/06/2007 5:24 PM
I started calling Sophie "Sophie" since, um she was 48 hours old. At her first appt. I SWEAR I felt like an expectant mother when they said "She's a girl!" I thought "yea!!!!" and then had a moment of "Well, duh she's a girl, her name is Sophie Gracie"- I hadn't even considered the fact that she wasn't a girl. How funny.

User is Offline Theresa Moan
Nashua, NH
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2/07/2007 2:05 PM
Posted By osprey on 02/06/2007 9:17 AM
Welcome Lippy,

Misidentification of the gender of rabbits is really really common, even with people who know a lot about rabbits.  In young bunnies, it is even harder because the males'  testicles do not show right away.

I read a really funny writeup once about a lady who found out that her girl bunny was actually a boy.  So she stopped calling him "my sweet little girl" and started calling him "my big boy", or something close to that.  The bunny got mad!   He wanted to be called a sweet girl!  She had to go back to using female language with him, because he had grown used to it.


That is so true, Osprey; all three of my buns know their names, especially when I call them in the bunny-voice.  My bf and I have the habit of talking to them in a higher pitch, and singing little songs to them, and they totally perk up and listen when we do that.  If we have a regular conversation between each other about work or whatever, the bunnies ignore it.

User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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2/07/2007 2:16 PM
oh he's so cute!
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User is Offline BB
San Francisco Area
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2/12/2007 11:12 AM

Welcome Lippy!  There's another bunny here by the name of OJ.  I'm assuming it stands for Orange Juice?  OR???  does your bunny drive a white bronco?    

I just ditto what everyone else is saying.  It is so common for this to happen.  Maybe he'll have to go into some Bunny Therapy.

It does take an experienced eye to be able to determine whether a baby is male or female.  It can even be difficult when they are adults, but is especially challenging when they are babies. 


User is Offline Lippy
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2/13/2007 1:52 AM
OJ actually stands for Ollie and Jane - his 'parent's' names!! We get lots of comments about OJ Simpson and Orange Juice!
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