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    • Nxthan
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      Hi so me and my partner brought two rabbits 4 days ago from two separate sellers a black and white mini lop (Oreo) and a grey and white lion head (Silver) they formed a really close bond they sleep together fans everything, no fighting as of yet.
      We were told that a vet looked at the older one and said he’s about 90% sure it’s a male but the other one the lady said she’s tried to examine the bunny herself and she thinks it’s a male but she said she’s not too sure, anyway I’ve been watching the pair and Silver keeps putting his head down under Oreos chin and he/she grooms him, is it normal for a male to groom another male or so you think Oreo is a female


    • DanaNM
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      Hi Nxthan, welcome

      How old are your bunnies? I’m guessing they are babies?

      Babies are very hard to sex accurately. Babies also do not form true bonds, but do get along with other bunnies. Mutual grooming is a normal behavior among babies and bonded pairs of any sex. So definitely not possible for us to tell just based on that.

      I will say that you should plan to separate them at 12 weeks, even if you think you’ve got two males. You’ll want to prevent pregnancy if you do have a male and female. If you have a same sex pair, hormones can kick in and the bunnies can start fighting in a flash. Males especially can hit puberty very rapidly and get aggressive without warning. It’s much easier to bond them once they are neutered/spayed if you separate before fighting happens.

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    • jerseygirl
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      I agree. ^ Rabbits are too often mis-gendered. Even a vet can get it wrong when they are really young.

      The testicles descend genreally from around 2-4 months of age. However, with some rabbits it’s really late (someone here said their rabbits didn’t come down until 8 months old). And some are male but the testicle don’t descend.. So, abscence of them does not necessary mean the rabbit must be female.

      Along with grooming, I wanted to mention that mounting is not a gender-specifc behaviour. Female can mount their male cage mates, and males mount each other, females mount each other.

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