Hi Everyone! I hope someone can give me some advice. I have a 7yr old male rabbit named Pat who I've had for three years. He is not neutered and has been a solo bun his whole life. We just adopted a year and a half old lop named Olivia who was not spayed. We introduced them and of course biology took over and Pat tried mating. We've kept them in close proximity to each other so they could get used to each other but not touch.
Olivia was spayed this past Monday and has returned to her hyper running around binky-ing self. We tried letting them out together yesterday. They sniffed around each other for a few moments then Pat tried to hump her again. He is clearly trying to mate. We separated them and when they approached each other they sniffed each other and then it looked like Olivia was trying to groom Pat's face but then she nipped pretty hard. Hard enough to make Pat hide behind me for a minute. At that point, bonding was done for the evening.
I guess my question is, are we complete fools for trying to bond these two? Granted, we just started bonding dates. Everything I've read says that Pat can't get neutered as he's too old for the anesthesia. Do we let him hump Olivia and get it over with? What do we do if she nips like that again? Typically Olivia is kept in her cage/pen and Patrick comes out and tries to sniff her and thump to get her attention. She'll interact with him for a bit and then will just flop on the floor and relax. Has anyone had any experience trying to bond a pair when only one bun is fixed?
This came out way longer than i wanted it to, so I'm sorry! Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!