I didn't want to post about this until I felt a little more comfortable with his chances. I so hate to tell a horror story. Anyway, I was out at my rabbit breeder's place a month or so ago. Last fall she picked up a stock of show rabbit breeders. Well, almost all the does were completely neurotic and she lost -many- babies over the winter from mothers kicking them out of the nest, and/or mutilating them. While I was walking among her breeding pens, there was one little pathetic looking bunny laying on the side of the cage outside the nest box. His ears were all chewed off and bloody, and he was under-developed compared to all the others in the box. She said the doe hadn't been feeding him, and kept kicking him out of the nest. Me not generally being one to let nature take its course if I can do something about it, decided to take him home, despite his poor prognosis.
The first week was a little touch and go, as there isn't any formula specifically intended for bottle feeding rabbits. I went with a goat milk replacer, but he took pretty quickly to eating timothy hay and pellets. He got a touch of diarrhea but a little Pedialyte to keep him hydrated and he cleared up.
His ears scabbed up, but when the scabs fell off, after a few days, I noticed that they were infected. So, off to the vet for some antibiotics (which is generally not recommended for such young rabbits, but...) After a few days, his ears cleared up pretty well. He's eating and drinking well on his own now, but he still enjoys the bottle too. His fur has finally filled in and he's finally putting on some real weight and is active. He was only a handful when he started, now he's two handfuls and then some.
And another... raspberry for the camera...