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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > Is my rabbit getting depressed?
Last Post by Kokaneeandkahlua at 10/23/2012 4:29 PM (7 Replies)
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User is Offline Little Leona
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10/23/2012 1:16 AM

I have two rabbits. They are brothers. Last week, during the night, they somehow escaped their house and gnawed a hole in the fence that was just big enough for them to escape from. One of the rabbits returned in the morning, but his brother hasn't and we're losing hope - we've put up posters, left his description at the vets, to no avail.

I am starting to worry, however, that the rabbit that came back, Lionel, might be depressed. For instance, for about an hour today, including right now, he has been sat on our swing chair, not moving. We moved him in with our guinea pigs for company but I am worried that he seems down.

Is it just my imagination? 


User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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10/23/2012 1:23 AM
If his bonded buddy is gone, then yes, it's possible he is depressed. Rabbits miss and mourn their buddies when they are gone.

Are your rabbits kept outside?
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User is Offline Little Leona
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10/23/2012 1:38 AM

They are allowed outside during the day, and their rabbit house is next to our back door. They are kept in the house at night. Somehow they squeezed through a tiny gap, the door wasn't open but it wasn't closed fully.


User is Offline Sarita
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10/23/2012 1:53 AM
He probably is depressed. I hope you find the brother, keep looking. Knock on doors, ask to go in backyards, hopefully your vigilance will pay off.

In the meantime, I really recommend you keep Lionel inside and when and if you find his brother move him inside full as well. It's just not safe outside.

User is Offline Little Leona
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10/23/2012 2:03 AM

Thank you! We have checked every house in the neighbourhood and looked in their gardens, and we haven't blocked the hole he used to escape in case he comes back. We've also been using our daily dog walks to search the fields for him. I think the worst part is just not knowing where he is...even if he has died (and I really hope he hasn't), at least we'd know what happened to him. It's hard to explain to my youngest daughter where Prince has gone.

We've been letting Lionel in the house and have been giving him lots of affection, 


User is Offline Beka27
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10/23/2012 4:45 AM
I'm so sorry your rabbit got loose. :o(

I'm assuming they weren't micro-chipped then? Sometimes when rabbits are under anesthesia for a spay/neuter, the vet will go ahead and micro-chip at that time. This isn't always necessary, but it's a good idea for rabbits who are outside sometimes, or for people who live in high-risk areas (earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, etc...) where they may get separated from their animals.

Hopefully, he is okay and he'll find his way home, or someone will find him.
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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10/23/2012 7:23 AM
Have you posted on local Craigslists/kijiji sites? You could also put an ad in the newspaper and spread his picture around of Facebook. Someone might have him. Please don't give up on him. *****Fingers crossed****
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User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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10/23/2012 4:29 PM
I'm sorry. I agree-post online and check the pound too, someone may recognize that he's not a wild animal and bring him in.
I'm wondering about the dog walks to look for him-would he come to the dogs or be afraid? Perhaps go out on foot without the dogs and look.
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