We have many pets. To be honest, we have 12. I won’t list them all here, because I try to keep this blog as anonymous as possible. I think if I listed all of them, I would be easier to identify.
But I am going to talk about two of my animals. I have two large breed rabbits. We have a very large fenced yard. I wanted large breed rabbits that could roam free during most of the year. In winter months I limit their space to keep closer tabs on them and be sure they are sheltered when weather is cold.
I bought both rabbits from a breeder. I got them a few months apart. But I specifically requested females. I wanted both to be girls so I didn’t have to pay for a spay or neuter, or worry about unplanned bunnies.
The older bunny I have had since March I believe. The younger joined us around July I think.
Today, I made a discovery. One of my rabbits is a male. How do I know? The other gave birth to SEVEN babies overnight. And, tragically, they didn’t survive.
I had no idea my girl was pregnant. I had no idea one of my girls was actually a boy. Had I known this mating had occurred I would have brought her in and gave her proper nesting materials. She did the best she could to make a little nest. But I think it was just too chilly for newborns, even in the shelter they have.
I was completely shocked to find these tiny pink babies. So shocked I refused for hours to accept that they were dead. I tried warming them, hoping to see a sign of life. But it wasn’t going to happen. They were all gone.
We have separated the two rabbits at this point. But, the female could indeed be pregnant again. They can mate within a few hours of the birth. At least this time I know and can keep an eye on her.
These two have always been together, and mating never crossed our minds because we were told both were girls. And since they were together so long without incident or indications that they were opposite sex rabbits, we were completely shocked. I can only guess that the younger, the male, reached sexual maturity in the last month.
I am so sad by the discovery of the babies that didn’t make it.
I love animals so much.
I hope if there are more next month we can be sure to help the momma have a successful birth and keep her babies alive. Poor momma rabbit.
We will have to figure out what to do about the male/female situation. Obviously we won’t be able to let them roam free together when weather improves. Ugh.