Introducing Baby Rabbit

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    12-20-2013, 06:08 AM
Introducing Baby Rabbit

Meet our new, yet to be named family member, he got dragged in by the cats 2 days ago and he was very limp, but had no visible injuries at the time. We put him in the cat cage, kept him warm, fed and hydrated, and hidden in the locked laundry away from the dang cats.

He has come around very quickly, is now a very bright and active wee thing, I have checked all over for any sign of injury and found none. He even put up with me laying him on his back in my lap so I could sex him and check all limbs and belly for any injuries or signs of pain. He fell asleep upside down on my lap with me rubbing his belly, so cute!!

I don't know how old he is, I would hazard a guess he isn't much older than weaning age, his coat is extremely soft, claws very very sharp, and teeth not very long yet, you can see in the photo further down his size compared to my hand.

For a wild baby rabbit, he is very very cuddly, very content to just sit on your arm or in your neck. He also licks your skin like crazy-but not when he first meets you, he hasn't offered to bite yet.

I'm going into the vets tomorrow morning to get him some small rabbit pellets, we haven't had a rabbit for a while, and our guinea pigs pellets are quite large and I'm not comfortable feeding pellets that are bigger than his mouth and nose plus I would prefer rabbit pellets, not guinea pig pellets.

He won't be housed with the guinea pigs, ever. He will have his own hutch, provided of course he continues to live. Our guinea pigs are fully grown boars that have been together since birth, so little mr rabbit can just stay out of that one.

I want to call him Noel (or Eve if it turns out that my vet nurse sexing skills aren't up to scratch ), but all these different names are floating around in our family debate, so I'm not sure what his name will end up being.
Either way I want it to be something Christmas related without calling him Christmas Tree. We shall see if I win that battle or not.

I had Casey take some photos with the little guy in the palm of my hand, this is the only photo that come out clear, I'll have to take some more tomorrow and show you all how incredibly cute he looks sleeping on his back all curled up in my lap.

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    12-20-2013, 06:57 AM
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He is very cute.

Thumper is a good generic name, that is what I called a rabbit I had 35 years ago.

I had a cat litter box with a cover on it, thumper used the litter box... well most of the time

    12-20-2013, 07:33 AM
He is quite mature physically. Id say he's closer to 4-5 months of age. At 4 weeks, baby rabbits are on their own and will fit literally in the palm of your hand. They also have a white 'star' on their forehead when they are very young.

Its cool that he is so calm. I wonder if he's been handled before...?
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    12-20-2013, 07:49 AM
That's a nice little name Southern, my sister likes quite odd animal names so it will no doubt be something interesting as she once named a pet lamb "Zobee".....
I would love to litter box train him, we half-pie managed to train Lester at the vet clinic (In-house rabbit for husbandry units at the time) I did suggest that to mum, and I got looked at a little strange but hey, we'll see

Do you think he would be that old CLaPorte? We had a little guy named Lester at the vet clinic during our studies who was about that age only he was a bit bigger than this little guy, and much easier to find testicles on... This little fellow is extremely fluffy and very difficult to find anything on, so I'm only assuming I have gotten my sexing right.... Probably not but hey, 50/50 chance . I didn't know about the white star part, I mainly judged him to be so young because his teeth are still very short, but I did notice he grinds them now and again while sitting quietly, so who knows really?
I would doubt he has been handled before, there aren't many people out here but there are lots of little rabbits running around the place... and back and forth over the road as rabbits do, but nobody out here has any pet rabbits. Unless he has been dumped out here? Which is always possible, though we haven't had any animals dumped out here for about 8 years or so now, and they were always cats that got dumped.
    12-20-2013, 07:58 AM
Im purely guessing on past experiece of the bunnies I had growing up, and what I've seen around the house. We have a litter of bunnies born in the barn every year. At 4 weeks, they are tiny, would fit in my palm...and my hands are small...They are slower to move and still have the white mark on their forehead. But they are on their own by then. Mom no longer feeds them.

By 4/5 months, they are his size...Fast and quick. Bunnies always have sharp claws. They can be nasty with them too! Teeth usually don't get overly long as they are always gridning them or chewing on something. They will maintain them very well in the wild.

Try doing a google search of wild bunny age stages. See if you can get a more accurate age by comparing him to pictures.
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    12-20-2013, 08:36 AM
That does make a lot if sense. And also sounds extremely cute!

Yeah they do, we were taught to take the tips off with cat claw trimmers but I won't do that unless he starts to scratch or kick, or if we plan to release him (not likely) yeah always grinding on wood etc. they're almost still a bit stubby looking compared to most adult rabbits I've seen but he still has growing to do. I tried that but I don't know if there's a specific name for his breed or if it's just yip he's a wild nz bunny so I'm a bit lost. Maybe I'll take him with me to get food in the morning and ask opinions if the vets for a few moments. We will see how he is in the morning. He looks happy and healthy but I don't want to get my hopes up yet
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    12-29-2013, 09:07 AM
I could be wrong but it looks like a domestic bunny to me. I used to raise rabbits and some were the color of this one. It's very rare for a cat to catch a wild rabbit. They may have raided someone's outdoor pen.
    12-29-2013, 06:29 PM
It could well be a domestic one saddlebag but if it is we have no idea where it come from because nobody in out remote valley has rabbits that we know of and we know all our neighbours within a 10km radius. Either way he's a pretty neat little guy. He spends a lot of his time running around our lounge because we haven't gotten a hutch yet and don't think it's fair to keep him in a cat carrier all the time. He gets up underneath the couches and has a great old time! My sister named him Tease in he end because we shut the cats out so he can play and he runs up and down the sliding door side of the lounge teasing the cats that are begrudgingly sitting outside haha!
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    12-29-2013, 11:16 PM
He is just the cutest thing! You did a great thing by taking care of him :>
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