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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-23-2007, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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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...

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Aw the poor thing, thanks for saving it!


idk if this is the same with bunnies but after you wean sheep they arent supposed to go back to the bottle ever. messes up their eating habbits

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oh his poor little ears.. hes soo cute, poor baby.. im glad you saved him.



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I feel so bad for him, but he's still really really cute. You did a great thing.
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Rabbits start eating solid food around two weeks and don't generally wean until around eight weeks. You just have to watch for bloating and/or diarrhea, both of which can be a problem for baby rabbits, especially when the formula isn't -exactly- right for them, but merely adequate.

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Poor guy . It's great that you rescued him! He's really cute .

Have you named him yet?




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My wife named him Lickity Split, because he likes to lick everything... and run around like a crazy bunny.

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that is the sweetest story i have ever heard
I cant believe you were able to keep it alive
a bunny without ears (SAD)
cute little thing
let us see pictures when the bunny is full grown
From the looks of the bunn
I dont think it will be very big (looks like it might be a dwarf bunny)
If there is such a thing
so tiny
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does the bunny have a cleff palet
the mouth looks a little odd
what did the vet say about the bunny????
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i just thought.. its getting warm here, im not sure where you live, but you'll have to keep in mind that a rabbits ears are like its air conditioning, so he prolly wont do very well in warm weather..



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Poor little thing! He's so lucky to have you and your wife to take care of him.


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Poor baby! I am glad you rescued it!

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does the bunny have a cleff palet
the mouth looks a little odd
what did the vet say about the bunny????
I was wondering if his lip or palate was malformed myself, or if it was somehow a weird camera angle or something.

He's awfully cute though!
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It's just a weird camera angle, and odd shadows of a poor shot. Getting an action shot of him sticking his tongue out wasn't easy.

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oh my the bun is adorable. i can't believe that these thigns were happening to this lady's bunnies and it sound slike it barely phased her. like, it would stun me!!! how can you NOT react to does mutilating babies????? GOOD FOR YOU to take the baby, my prayers are with you, i hope for a great recovery. name him vincent van gough (missing ears) lol

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