Thursday, August 30, 2012

OATS!

Don't let the quick oats can fool you--it's loaded with old fashioned oats (aka:  the good stuff, bunny crack 2.0).  It took me a while to figure out why River was sitting in Simon's cage looking like she's giving him instructions.  They've figured out that they only get the oats when they're in their cages, so it stands to reason that one of them must be in a cage to get the oats.  The other is tasked with figuring out how the can works.  It looks like Simon is pretty sure that the measuring scoop is the ticket to yummy oat goodness.
Simon managed to knock the oat can over and the scoop is non-functional.  It looks like they've decided that River is the one to get the oat can open.  Again, one bunny is in the cage and one is outside.  Too bad she's working on the wrong end.
Apparently, bunny patience comes with a fairly short time limit.  They've dispensed with normal oat receiving protocol and have decided to tag-team the oat can.  If they roll the can back and forth, surely the oats will come out.  They won't even be picky and require the scoop...oats are just as good straight off of the floor!  The 5 second rule won't even need to be applied because the oats won't be around for that long.

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

Teamwork.

There may be no "I" in teamwork, but you can spell "oat".  We recently switched from quick oats to the old fashioned variety and found out that the latter is like bunny crack 2.0 (as evidenced by this pic).

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Simon and River's baby pics!

I decided that for my 100th post I would show you all what our little munchkins looked like when we first brought them home!
Here is Simon trying to protect River from the scary new humans by blocking the door to the travel cage.
Poor Simon's efforts were futile because his little sister decided to crawl over him to explore their new home.  River is looking into the travel cage wondering why her big brother won't come out to explore too.  After a good 45 minutes, Simon was showing absolutely no desire to come out of the travel cage so I had to gently coax him out (read:  I had to scoop him up and pull him out of the travel cage).  After that somewhat traumatic experience (for both of us), he was fine and started exploring immediately.
Simon is making sure that the toy dump truck doesn't belong to another bunny before he starts playing with it.
River is already trying to find some sort of mischief to get into and she hasn't even been in her new home for an hour yet.
After a round of vigorous exploring, running around and binkying, Simon is tuckered out.  Guess their new home isn't so bad after all!
I still can't believe how tiny River was when we brought them home.  She's almost the same size as the baby keys!

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

River pwns MacGyver.

I'm half afraid of what River intends to do with that pine cone.  It is quite possible that she's just solved the problem of cold fusion with little more than a kleenex box, an oat container, and a pine cone.  And yes, I'm fully aware that I just dated myself by referencing a mid-80s to early 90s TV show.

The bunnies are coming right for me!

I startled Simon when I took this pic as he was racing toward me.  I think he's so enchanted by the wind blowing through his fur as he runs full-tilt across the living room that he forgets to look where he's going sometimes.  At least this time he stopped before he ran into me!
River, on the other hand, definitely sees me as she's charging toward me--she simply doesn't care if she runs into me or not.  I think she must assume that it's normal to crash into people given how often she sees Simon doing it (and she's been bowled over a few times herself).  I just think she's making a game of it.
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

Look what I can--woah!

River discovers that while the couch is really fun to run around on, trying to launch into the air for the perfect binky is going to take a bit more practice.  She almost tripped over her own feet and stumbled into the remote.  This one is fearless of heights!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and I'll be back on Monday!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Snuggle bunnies.

Simon and River take a break from running around the apartment.

King and Queen of the mountain.

Simon and River just before they both attempted to jump onto my leg at the same time.  Sometimes I'm not quite sure that they realize that I'm not just a moving part of the scenery.  Then, they try to lick my cheek or nose bonk me while they're climbing all over me like I'm a human jungle gym and then I know they think I'm a huge, mostly hairless, very strange looking bunny.  I guess that means they'll keep me.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Why do we keep doing this?!

Well, that's a long drop.  Simon and River keep forgetting that it's a lot easier to jump up onto the couch than to hop back down.
After about three seconds of intense contemplation, River has decided to just roll with it.  You can see even farther if you stand up like this!
Simon still fretting over how he's going to get down has sucked all of the fun out of being up on the couch.
It looks like River is chastising Simon for making their species look bad.  He just needs to "bunny up" and wait until the female human stops using the flashy thing and helps get them both back down.
Poor Simon!  I helped him down first, much to his relief.

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

Divide and conquer.

River has recruited Simon to help her figure out how the doors work. 

On that note, I hope everyone has a great weekend and I'll be back on Monday!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Behold River, conqueror of living rooms!

Everything the light touches is mine.  I shall survey my vast holdings from my throne.
River's loyal bannerbunny has reported a potential usurper of the throne known as Simon the Uncertain.  Target acquired...aerial bombardment to commence momentarily.  In the game of thrones, you win or you get pounced on.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I'm watching you.

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.  Simon discovers the utility of the mirror for keeping tabs on River even while his back is turned.  Meanwhile, River is thinking, "It always feels like somebody's watching me and I have no privacy."

Monday, August 13, 2012

Boxes are awesome!

It's a new box!  It must be thoroughly investigated.
Well, Simon has already lost interest.  River is determined to create a new door by digging furiously at the back corner.
Making little progress with the door remodel, River takes a break only to discover the second floor rooms!  You can guess what happened next.  There's no pic for the calamity that ensued because I was laughing too hard to hold the camera steady.  Needless to say, the second floor didn't pass inspection.  Gravity-1 River-0.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I'll be right behind you.

What's on the other side of this pillow?  It looks like they're debating who is going to climb over it first.  My guess is that River is telling Simon, "I think that's where they keep the oats.  Why don't you go look?"

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Here's to a remarkable lady.

She put up one hell of a fight and faced her battle with dignity and a great sense of humor.  She loved animals and always got a kick out of seeing pics of these two.  Since there wasn't anything we could do aside from give her our love and support from the peanut gallery, we made this and it made her smile.  So, for all of you reading this, give someone you care about a big hug and tell them that you love them!  I think Dottie would've liked that.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Simon the speed racer.

Simon in his natural state.  He has a need for speed!
Sometimes he doesn't clear all of the obstacles.  River looks like she's thinking, "Spaz."  Well, at least he didn't accidentally bowl her over this time.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

More Coke box shenanigans.

River looks like she's thinking, "Well, so long as you're comfortable..."  Simon has taken to laying next to or on top of River at any available opportunity when he isn't styling her fur.
A view from the other end of the Coke box.  Simon looks like he's thinking, "What?!  There's plenty of room!"
Now everyone is comfortable and that deserves a bunny ear high-five!

Monday, August 6, 2012

I think our bunny is narcoleptic.

I came home to this.  River somehow managed to move her food dish into her litter box and then fell asleep sitting up.

A cage too far.

Simon and River had been getting along so well for the past week that we decided to put them back into their original cage.  I decided to let them run around for a bit while I cleaned out their separate smaller cages and got the big cage set up for them.  They frolicked about and "helped" me put the big cage together.  Here they are snuggling in their litter box.  I can't believe that they were so little when we brought them home that I had to cut down the side of it so they could hop in it.
Well, River is still pretty tiny and has no problem accepting a leg-up from Simon even though she can easily hop in and out of the big cage.
This laying position brings back memories of when they were babies and one would always drape themselves across the other.
Time for a quick nap.  Exploring really takes it out of you!
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

Bunny mimicry.

Who needs a real mirror when you have a little sister?  It amazes me how often they mirror one another.  This is part of the reason it took us so long to figure out that River was deaf.  I'm not even sure what she's looking at here.

Thank you for visiting the blog this week and I hope you all have a great weekend!  I'll be back on Monday.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Simon and River's great couch expedition.

Simon and River have discovered the couch...their world will never be the same again!
You can see so far from up here!
Okay, maybe climbing higher wasn't such a great idea.
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If you climb up the couch, at some point you'll have to figure out how to get back down.
After scooping them up and setting them on the floor, they're plotting their next expedition to the summit of the couch.
Yet another discovery for the day!  River scared us both because we turned around and she had vanished like Keyser Soze.  It was an epic game of hide-and-seek and this was the last place we looked.  It took a bit to get her out from under there.
River is nothing if not persistent.  She doesn't heed the un-bunny sentry either, but the rolled up towels and blankets seem to keep her at bay...for now.