Thursday, August 30, 2012
I do have to give the person who engineered that oat container credit for the cap to stay on given all of the abuse the bunnies have put it through. Bravo good sir or madam! On that note, I hope you all have a great weekend and I'll be back on Monday!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Here's a fairly long video of Simon and River's antics right after we brought them home. The take-away from their first day was that once they're comfortable outside of the travel cage, they both move amazingly fast (compared to our old girl Penny, who was a content little couch potato). Enjoy!
Monday, August 27, 2012
I had to post this pic because I love the "serious face" she's giving me as she runs towards me. She actually ended up climbing into my lap when she got to me (must've been in a hurry to get to higher ground).
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I hope everyone has a great weekend and I'll be back on Monday!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
River decided to patiently wait for me over on the adjoining couch (such a daredevil). I think she wonders why she's always the last to be helped down. I don't think she cares too awful much about it because it just means that she gets extra time to explore from a better vantage point.
Ack! Sorry for the late post today. I hope the length of this one makes up for it.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
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Thursday, August 9, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
This laying position brings back memories of when they were babies and one would always drape themselves across the other.
And then things went to Hell in a hand-basket. Apparently, someone woke up cranky from their nap. The next thing I know is that they were rapidly circling one another in the litter box, which caused me to sprint over to them to try to break up their little scuffle. I got to play the role of bunny cage-match referee and stupidly decided to intervene bare-handed. This is what I learned:
1. Bunnies have sharp freakin' teeth, poor eyesight, and even worse depth perception.
2. Over one week of at least 1 hour per day of okay acting bunnies roaming freely in an apartment doesn't translate to two bunnies being okay in an enclosed space (even if it's a very large cage) for more than two hours.
3. Bunnies look like they're getting along and are happy until the split second when they really really aren't. Your brain has just about enough time to process, "Aw, they're snuggl-WTF?!" Suddenly, both bunnies are rapidly circling one another attempting to mount the other while avoid being mounted when one bunny is knocked over onto its back and then comes the kicking and fur flies as the other is attempting to pounce/scratch/bite the downed bunny (in this case, River because she's so much smaller and easily bowled over) and the downed bunny begins acting like a cornered wolverine...fighting rapidly escalates.
4. If you ever find yourself in a position where you need to break up a rabbit fight, wear THICK leather bite gloves much like you would when approaching a snarling dog. A second person is also a must if you want a snowball's chance in Hell of keeping them separated long enough to actually pull one from the cage they're fighting in.
5. Two angry rabbits are extremely hard to grab ahold of and keep separated. If you manage to grab only one bunny, the free bunny has no sense of honor and will happily attack the other while it's pinned down. I assume the free bunny thinks you're helping them make a point. The free bunny doesn't even realize they're biting you instead of their intended target (see #1).
6. It's amazingly difficult to do an injury check on a bunny using bandaged hands while still bleeding. Bunnies are more interested in checking out bandages than they are in letting you ruffle their fur in all directions looking for bites and scratches.
7. I really need better resources when it comes to bonding two rabbits because I did everything some well-respected rabbit care websites mentioned (save the stress bonding because they're litter mates and have never left each others sight) and this was the end result.
And the evening started out so well! The bunnies were getting along and had stopped the head humping by day two or three, no signs of aggression, mutual grooming, and pretty much acting like they did before the hormones kicked in. I'm like, "Sweet! They're getting along, no fights, they've figured out their social hierarchy so let's get them in the big cage again." Queen mother of all bad ideas.
The casualty report: Ben-unharmed, Simon-lost a bit of fur but otherwise fine, River-on her left shoulder she lost a large chunk of fur leaving a bald patch and received a long scratch where I had to put peroxide and neosporin on it, Me-right hand has two puncture wounds where someone's jaws grabbed around the knuckle of my pointer finger while the left hand ring finger sustained a puncture wound and is now missing a fairly deep strip of flesh on its outer edge towards the pinkie finger but it thankfully missed the nail entirely (I'm actually amazed the bleeding stopped on its own and it didn't need cauterized). At least they both had the good grace to look ashamed when I showed them what they did to me--they both tried to nuzzle around the numerous band-aids and bonk noses with me. I assume that's rabbit for, "Well, duh! You don't try to break up fights dummy! But, we like you anyway. How are your paws?" No one got oats that night.
To sum up, bunnies don't treat a neutral cage as they would the space they've been free to roam around in together. That little tid-bit of info would've really come in handy sooner. Everyone makes such a fuss about neutral territory for the introductions that once bunnies are getting along, the prospect of them fighting if you put them together someplace else isn't ever mentioned.
There is a happy ending, though. I left them in their separate cages for the first day to recover from their fight. On the second day, I let them out separately and noticed that they would go over to the other bunny's cage and nuzzle and give kisses through the bars. On day three, I allowed them out together and watched them like a hawk. Thankfully, they acted as if no fight had occurred...
I think Simon is apologizing for the shoulder scratch by styling River's fur.
Where have we seen this before? In an attempt to have them treat the big cage as any other part of the living room, I've left the top off of it so they can jump in and out as they please (I've basically just turned it into another toy). We'll see how this works for the next few weeks and then we'll place the wire top on it and give it another few weeks before we do short bouts of closing the door on them to get them used to it being their main living quarters. I'll let you know how that works out.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Thank you for visiting the blog this week and I hope you all have a great weekend! I'll be back on Monday.