This morning my stepson announced to me that there was a dead baby bunny in his rabbit hutch. When I went to inspect the poor little thing I was pleased to discover, while very cold and fallen through the hutch to the tray, he/she was in fact still alive :) My maternal propellers started right up and I immediately wrapped him up and tried to warm him. I have to admit I wasn't very hopeful until I got a few little squeaks out him. However his lack of warmth kept me skeptical. I decided to wrap him up, put him in my pocket and take him to work with me.
Most of the morning I have doubted his survival, however after several hours in front of the space heater he is now quite pink and moving around. I have yet to hear anymore little squeaks but he appears to be searching around for his mommy and a meal. Speaking of Mommy – well, she is fine, hopping around at home. Not sure what’s wrong with our bunnies. They aren’t very maternal. This is the fourth litter we’ve had, and neither one of our mommies has been much of a mommy. Litter 1 survived, but that was with a lot of help. Two, three, and 4 were not discovered until too late. And well, it looks like #5 is going to be receiving care from me as well as mommy.
Here’s a small science lesson about rabbits. We have Netherland Dwarf rabbits. They are very cute!! Rabbits are pregnant for about 30 days. We are new to the rabbit culture and are not quite sure how to tell when a bunny is in the motherly way so we just get a surprise periodically from our hutch. Baby bunnies aren’t taken care of like a kitten or a puppy. A mommy rabbit will ignore her babies all day except for the one or two times she will feed them. Our mommies have the ignoring part down, but they seem to forget they have to feed their babies, or even take care of them right after birth for that matter. So when we do have a litter make it until they are discovered I have to put the babies in a box to keep them warm and then hold down mommy so the babies can eat once a day. It’s really not that hard, but I’m trying to figure out why our mommies don’t want to do it themselves, lol.
Baby bunnies should never be bottle fed. I have heard of none, absolutely zero success stories of any bunny that has been bottle fed. That is because baby bunnies have to get a bacteria from their mommy that they can only get from mommy. Here’s our newest little furry friend’s first picture. If he/she makes it she will be named Chassis if she’s a girl or ‘Dega if he’s a boy. After all, it is Speedweek.