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Last Post by Radhika at 10/16/2012 9:35 PM (17 Replies)
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User is Offline Radhika
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10/15/2012 11:44 PM

I'm a new bunny keeper from Hertfordshire in the UK. A few weeks ago I went into Pets at Home and saw that they had a new 'adoption centre', with some animals that they hadn't been able to sell (grr) and some that other customers had given up for adoption. There were two beautiful bunnies there, bonded brothers, about 6 months old. I really fell in love with them and I went home and did the research to see if I could care for them properly.

A few days later after a lotttt of thought, I made my decision and ordered a hutch. When it arrived the next day I went to collect the brothers, but their little cage was empty. I asked the staff if someone else had adopted them, and they said one of the brothers was ill and they had gone to the vets. I called the next morning to ask how he was, and they told me "oh, it died. But the other one is still here". I just couldn't leave him there, so I went and got him straight away.

So that is how I got my new friend, Harry. Here he is:

He has been with me almost a week now, and as you can see he is a very relaxed bunny. He doesn't show much inclination for chewing, digging, hiding or any of the normal bunny things but that might just be because everything is so new to him. I'm sure once he settles down he will play with his toys a bit more. He has a great appetite and besides lots and lots of hay he has tried and liked spinach and raspberry leaves (from my garden) and cauliflower leaves. He was not interested in green beans. Today I bought him some parsley to try. I got it from a very expensive organic, luxury greengrocer who seemed a bit offended that his high class produce was going to a rabbit!

Harry likes being rubbed behind the ears, between the ears and along his jaw. He loves his hutch and is very proud to have his own territory. He comes out every few hours, has a sniff around and usually starts racing up and down the room in random bursts of energy. But he spends most of his time sitting in his litter boxes munching hay, or sitting just in front of his hutch guarding it from intruders:

Usually I leave his hutch completely alone, but today I cleaned out the straw and replaced with newspaper to keep it a bit neater. He did not approve AT ALL and sat next to me angrily surveying the damage. However I put everything back where he had arranged it, and filled his bowl with grass cut from my garden, so I think he has forgiven me. 

As for me, I am 23 and from London. I have a degree in animal behaviour and I currently work at a cow sanctuary, although I am looking for a new job at the moment because as much as I love working for a charity, my husband also works there on a similar low wage and we want to earn more so we can save for the future. My husband is in India for a month but he is very excited to meet Harry when he gets back.

Harry and I have a vet's appointment tomorrow afternoon to get him vaccinated and for a general checkup. Unfortunately his eyes started to weep yesterday evening which may have been because I lit some incense in another room (I didn't realise he would be so sensitive to it ) or could be unrelated. I hope some drops or antibiotics sort it out and it doesn't turn out to be something long term. Harry's brother died of bloat, nothing contagious, and besides the eyes Harry seems really healthy and happy.

Edit: Forgot to add, when Harry is neutered and no longer potent he will hopefully be bonded with Jessica, a single doe in a rescue in Essex. Although she is a large New Zealand she has lived with dwarf bunnies before and so hopefully will not bully little Harry. They are having a bunny date in a month or so to see how they get on.


User is Offline bunnygirl
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10/15/2012 11:58 PM
Squeeee! He is so cute! I could just boop that little nose! He looks like he's got some long fur, is that because he's moulting? He is very adorable! I'm glad you getting him a friend, your positive he's neutered first, right? Buns need friends, but neutering is important too of course! You'll have some very enjoyable times together! Role on the memories! Good luck! x
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User is Offline Radhika
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10/16/2012 12:03 AM
Thank you He is REALLY fluffy but I don't think he's moulting, he hasn't shed any hair since he arrived. None on the carpet on it in his hutch.

He is not neutered but he is going to be in another week or two. The vet said it would be too stressful for him to have vaccinations and an operation all at one time so he is being vacc'd first and then neutered. I know it then takes a while for him to recover and stop being potent, so I'm not sure exactly when he can go and meet Jessica. She is also not neutered and is going for her op at around the same time, so I think it will be 4-6 weeks at least before she can come home, assuming they like each other.

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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10/16/2012 2:58 AM
Welcome to BB!

Harry is beautiful!!!! How sad that he lost his brother. I`m so glad you went to get him and now he can know the love of a wonderful human.
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User is Offline CinnabunMom
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10/16/2012 3:03 AM
Welcome to BB! He's lovely!!
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User is Offline FrankieFlash
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10/16/2012 4:10 AM
Welcome to BB! He's a cutie

It is sad that he lost his brother but it sounds like he's adjusting really well.

User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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10/16/2012 8:00 AM
Welcome to BB! =]

Usually I leave his hutch completely alone, but today I cleaned out the straw and replaced with newspaper to keep it a bit neater. He did not approve AT ALL and sat next to me angrily surveying the damage

Too funny! Skipper (my bun) likes to make sure I don't miss a spot while cleaning out her cage. I did see that you have bougt a hutch. Does it have a wire bottom? Wire can hurt bun feet and cause sore hocks. Just to give you a heads up. =]

I thought I would share with you my Bunny Bible to Good Feeding http://www.rabbit.org/care/veggies.html The link is to a site that I found very helpful to anything and everything bunny related. Pretty much what isn't covered in the site can be covered in BB. =]

User is Offline Radhika
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10/16/2012 8:27 AM

Posted By Skipper's Mama on 10/16/2012 11:00 AM
Welcome to BB! =]

Usually I leave his hutch completely alone, but today I cleaned out the straw and replaced with newspaper to keep it a bit neater. He did not approve AT ALL and sat next to me angrily surveying the damage

Too funny! Skipper (my bun) likes to make sure I don't miss a spot while cleaning out her cage. I did see that you have bougt a hutch. Does it have a wire bottom? Wire can hurt bun feet and cause sore hocks. Just to give you a heads up. =]

I thought I would share with you my Bunny Bible to Good Feeding http://www.rabbit.org/care/veggies.html The link is to a site that I found very helpful to anything and everything bunny related. Pretty much what isn't covered in the site can be covered in BB. =]

I have been reading www.rabbit.org religiously! It was extremely helpful when I was preparing for Harry's arrival, and it's the first place I go now when I have a question.

The hutch has a nice wooden bottom, but for most of the day Harry is out of his hutch and on the carpet, and if he's inside the hutch he generally sits in his litter trays.


User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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10/16/2012 9:17 AM
=] That's a pretty sweeet set up that Harry's got going there. (Sorry I couldnt' see the pictures beforehand.) He's a beautiful little guy. Do you know if he's spayed or not?

User is Offline Radhika
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10/16/2012 9:49 AM

I moved my pictures in photobucket and forgot to change the links, oops.

He is not neutered and I don't think he'd ever seen a vet before today. I took him in due to the runny eyes and he got a thorough examination. His incisor bite is very straight and she couldn't see any spurs on his molars, heart and lungs good, lots of gut sound, ears and nose clear. I have him on eye drops and antibiotics because the vet couldn't tell if it was conjunctivitis or an upper respiratory infection. 

When he recovers from this illness and has a little break he can be vaccinated and then neutered. I am wondering whether to ask for a skull x-ray at the same time as he's neutered, so that it's just one general anaesthetic and I will be warned of any tooth root problems. 

P.S. Skipper is a real cutie


User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/16/2012 11:28 AM
WOW he is beautiful. hmm maybe I will have to send Blue to bunninap him LOL
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User is Offline Radhika
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10/16/2012 12:00 PM
Posted By bullrider76543 on 10/16/2012 02:28 PM
WOW he is beautiful. hmm maybe I will have to send Blue to bunninap him LOL

Noooo he is mine! *hides him away*


User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/16/2012 12:14 PM
LOL just teasing lol
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User is Offline Radhika
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10/16/2012 12:33 PM
I'm taking no risks, I'm installing a bungular alarm right now

User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/16/2012 12:36 PM
ROTFL
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User is Offline Memarie
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10/16/2012 7:09 PM
Welcome! I have to say that I am very impressed with the amount of research you put in before taking home your bunny. It's very nice to see. As for Harry - he's beautiful!! He looks so soft and fluffy! I can't wait to see more pictures and learn more about the fella.

User is Offline Kayle
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10/16/2012 9:09 PM
Welcome!
He's very handsome, such beautiful fluffy fur
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User is Offline Radhika
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10/16/2012 9:35 PM
Thank you.

Your bunnies are all so gorgeous, I could spend all day looking at their different colours and shapes.

Good news - Harry's eyes look SO much better today. The left one is more or less back to normal, just a bit of moisture right on the corner. The fur is no longer wet. The right eye, which was the worst one, is at least 50% better. I'm very relieved
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