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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > WARNING Re: Bunnies and the Outdoors!
Last Post by PeppersMama at 7/31/2008 3:43 AM (37 Replies)
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User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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12/24/2007 6:32 AM
Oh my goodness how scary!!!! TG he's OK!!!

User is Offline Gravehearted
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12/25/2007 11:49 AM
I'm glad to hear he's healing well, and that he doesn't seem to be freaked out or stressed about it.
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User is Offline Frostyleo8
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12/27/2007 8:51 AM

Update:  Hudwyn's wounds are pretty much healed up, and he's running around and goofing off as normal.  What a tough little guy!  I spotted a hawk (the hawk?) this morning sitting high in a nearby tree.  He's waiting for my little bunnies to come out of their "holes" again, which they WILL not be doing!  It's sad, they look out the door now, wishing they could go out.  I plan to one day build them an outside running area with wire or screen above it for complete protection.  But for now, they'll just have to be true HOUSE rabbits.

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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12/27/2007 12:19 PM
That sounds like a great idea! You might want to build it out of the NIC cubes, as you can always rebuild it to suit changing needs and plus it's pretty light and easy to move around! or, the other thing I was thinking was to use that latice stuff as the walls and you could make the roof our of a big tarp. That way they have a roof and shade, plus breathability....Just ideas though

Really glad to hear he's better, I was just telling my family yesterday what happened to him.

User is Offline Ash
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12/27/2007 4:50 PM
WOW! I'm glad that your bun buns are ok! That's a good idea about the screen run area outside.
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User is Offline babybunsmum
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12/28/2007 4:48 AM

what a freakin scary story!!!  wow.  i'm so glad it ended as it did and it can serve as a cautionary tale for others instead of... well... you know.   yay for hudwyn feeling better!

I like work. It fascinates me. I sit and look at it for hours.

User is Offline LuvmyNetherland
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7/23/2008 1:51 PM
oh wow how lucky.

User is Offline Binkles
Titusville, FL
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7/23/2008 2:28 PM
See, this is EXACTLY why I've always been so apprehensive about taking bunnies out for walks on leashes. I know that plenty of people do it, and probably most of the people on this forum do it. But I'm just...God-awful terrified of birds of prey.

About 5 years ago, in a quiet residential neighbourhood not far from here, someone was walking their small dog on a leash and had a hawk swoop down and carry it off.


I would LOVE to get Little-Bit out on a leash, but...I just don't think it's worth it. Does anyone have any ideas to divert hawks? I've thought about all sorts of crazy things -like taping brightly-coloured paper to the bun's ears or carrying a brightly-coloured umbrella.

But I just don't know..
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User is Offline LuvmyNetherland
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7/23/2008 2:34 PM
not sure just watch out and look around before you go anywhere stay away from places that have alout of trees that a bird would hide in you know just the basic stuff, I used to Take Easter for walks.

User is Offline MarkBun
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7/23/2008 2:41 PM
More than likely the hawk didn't have a clear swoop area to get to Hudwyn due to the cage. He probably only got fur and Hudwyn ran inside, tearing his nails in the process. Maryann obviously has encountered them before because the two times I had tried to take her out into the park, all she did was hunker down in the grass and looked like a black and white puddle with two eyes.

Unfortunately, domesticated buns don't always know that the big flying things are bad guys and don't keep a lookout for them. I don't take my buns outside not only because of that risk but also because of the possibility of insect bites and other possible illnesses. Most hawks won't try for an animal if it is within your arm's distance as the hawk doesn't want to become the prey. However one that is comfortable around people (such as having some people feed them pieces of cold cuts) or one that is really starving may take a chance. And, there's no way to tell if it is such a hawk just by looking at it.

Also, I wouldn't say that the vet was wrong in not having the bun come in. If he wasn't wounded by the hawk directly, it could be more traumatic to box him up and rush him to the vet. A lot of family spoiling was what was called for and it sounds like he's getting it in abundance.

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User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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7/23/2008 3:01 PM
Binkles I agree and nothing is going to deter a hungry hawk with binocular-type vision. I also would not want to hurt the hawk either by swinging at it and breaking a wing or what-have-you. They are only doing as their instinct tells them to and they are also a very beautiful animal.

User is Offline JK
Mill Valley, CA
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7/23/2008 3:36 PM

No I do not think most people take their buns outside!  I know some do but many more don't. I would never take Edson outside - heck he can't even take leaving his room! There's just no reason and I would be overly paranoid about stuff in the streets and the grasses, bugs, fleas, diseases, dogs, cats, etc.  Not worth it. Edson's room, my office, has plently of light and I keep the windows open for fresh air which I think  is important.

User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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7/25/2008 10:47 AM
I agree w/ Knowltons4, most people on this site actually don't take their rabbits out. We have a little doggy stroller for ours but have never used it. Too afraid it will freak them out. Sometimes my buns will sit and watch the outside world by the sliding glass doors but none have ever tried to get near the door when its open.
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User is Offline Balefulregards
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7/25/2008 11:07 AM
Wow. That was a shocking story! I am glad that your buns are all right.

We also have an "outdoor" play space for Coco - and I have places a "screen" of chicken wire I bought at the Reno Depot for 10 bucks over it. I figure this will prevent an attack from above - what do you all think?

User is Offline Beeslee
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7/27/2008 6:44 AM
OMG! So scary!!!!!! I'm sooo glad your buns is ok! Big buns hugs to feel better soon!

When I found Bunykins she was so lucky because it was in an area with hawks, coyotees etc. Every day I look at her and wonder why someone would dump her in the middle of nowhere and knowing that she would have never made it overnight in the woods. My friend who I was visiting in upstate NY when I found my buns had her kitty attacked by a hawk. She knew what happened because she saw the claw marks on her kitties back with a big bite mark (open wound area and missing fur) around her neck area where it looks like it tried to hold on to the kitty with it's beak. Her kitty was very lucky that day. She now keeps her inside because of this. Very scary that they are so brave to swoop down on our pets!

User is Offline PeppersMama
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7/30/2008 8:39 AM
my aunt used to let her 3 pound yorkie out in her back yard and she would just sit on the patio while the dog played, until a hawk decided to swoop down and try to get her! the dog (Halle) was fiesty enough to make the hawk drop her before he could even take off again, but now the dog gets to go outside on a leash only and she watches her very carefully!
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User is Offline BB
San Francisco Bay Area
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7/30/2008 11:30 PM
peppers mama - SCARY! And that's WITH your Aunt nearby watching, and the hawk still brave enough to swoop down? (shivers)

User is Offline PeppersMama
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7/31/2008 3:43 AM
yeah i know definately scary, luckily the little girl wasnt hurt!
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