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Last Post by Hedi at 3/20/2007 7:47 PM (5 Replies)
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User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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3/17/2007 10:55 AM

A girl I know just got a rabbit at FOUR weeks of age!

The HRS webpage says its unlawful to remove the babies before they are 8 weeks old. (http://www.rabbit.org/care/babies.html)

I assume she bought the rabbit from a pet store but shes being really funny about answering my questions.

Is there anything I can do to ensure this place isnt giving out more baby buns at less than 8 wks of age?

Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline LillyBear
Chicago, IL
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3/19/2007 5:47 PM
honestly she may just be afraid that you will try and take the bunny away from her or you will find someone else to take the bunny from her.. maybe try talking to her when her bun grows a bit older.. besides.. she may have gotten the bun from a family member (and thus would feel bad about it being so youn).. or found it.. you never know.
Lilly - 3.5 y/o french lop mix
Harry - 2.5 month old mini lop
Henry (RIP)- 3 y/o holland lop

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Area
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3/19/2007 8:15 PM
So when you ask her, what does she actually say?    I agree with Lilly that she must be feeling she has to hide something.   Maybe if she knows you wouldn't try and get into her trouble, she'd be open.  ????

User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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3/20/2007 5:12 AM

Well, i really do think she got it at a pet store and when i told her my concern over her age i also told her if she had any bunny questions to let me know. When I got my first bun 4yrs ago i would have loved it if someone had offered to answer questions when i needed it. She just refused to answer my question about where she got it.

What really worries me is we went to a petstore over the weekend to buy one of those small animal balls that animals run in for our hedgehogs and they had bunnies.

There was an adorable gray mini-rex and he was so tiny. My mini rex was 9wks old when we brought her home and this one was a perfect mini rex and was way too small to be that age. So im worried that this is a new thing they are doing-selling them before they should be.

Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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3/20/2007 12:07 PM
pet stores very often sell bunnies too young, which really isn't good for them. they are all too often weaned too early because of this :-(

it can be very difficult to convince a store to stop selling animals entirely. perhaps you bring over some information about proper bunny care, to help educate the staff. it might help them stop selling bunnies at too young an age - but it also might mean they start to carry safe bunny litter and better quality pellets.

I am not sure who enforces the laws - likely the SPCA, but it might be worth a call to them regarding the store selling at too young an age.
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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3/20/2007 7:47 PM

I guess I was ignorant enough to think they they all followed the rules on the age limit. That has got to be so traumatizing to the animals.

When I was a kid we were given a kitten from someone who got it and didnt want it. It was taken from its mom and i swear that cat was so strange! You could tell it has some serious issues and my mom always said it was from being taken too young from its mom.

Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex
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