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Bunny Bulletin

Our regular bulletin board featuring blog articles, updates and advice from our volunteer team.

Today we tell you about another of our recent rabbits, Luna.  Luna was an expected entrant into the network - we had been asked to take a litter of unwanted babies in, which we agreed to, and when they arrived they arrived with mum.  Bunny Green, FBRC Rescue Manager & Foster Carer, tells the story.

If you can provide support for these babies, and our other rabbits (we currently have 69 in the network and expect this to rise again to around 80 within a week or two) please visit http://www.justgiving.com/fbrc-mar14.

Luna is a young rabbit who entered into the FBRC network with her six twelve week old babies.

Within a day of arriving in the rescue, Luna started to build a nest. We all hoped she was having a false pregnancy, but within a couple of days she had produced a large litter of healthy babies. Luna had entered the network already pregnant.

Luna is a very dedicated Mum and she is taking very good care of her babies, despite being a young bun herself and having only just had a litter a few weeks earlier. Her wee body has had a lot to deal with.

So far we have not had much to do with the kits, Luna is doing a great job by herself and we don't want to interfere.  However once they start venturing out of the nest we look forward to handling them and getting them as tame as Mum.

Luna is incredibly friendly and curious. She runs to her hutch door the minute anyone enters the shed looking for nose rubs. She enjoys being hand fed treats and hay and is so gentle when she takes them. Her mischievous side is starting to become apparent as she has started to jump out of her hutch to have a run about the shed. Though it's not long before she hops back in to be with her babies.

At FBRC, even when young rabbits that are too young to be neutered are adopted into new homes, owners are given a neutering voucher that they can redeem at one of our vet partners (over 20 vets throughout West Central Scotland).  As a result, even each of these babies are expected to cost the rescue a minimum of £100 in veterinary care.

If you can provide support for these babies, and our other rabbits (we currently have 69 in the network and expect this to rise again to around 80 within a week or two) please visit http://www.justgiving.com/fbrc-mar14.

At home, Tianna & Snow White are very affectionate towards each other. When out playing in the run, they are very independent of each other, and enjoy investigating alone - only touching base with each other occasionally.

Tianna is very gentle, inquisitive and affectionate. She will confidently come for nose rubs, and takes treats very gently, and eat them next to you.

Snow White is the opposite! She is very nosey, cheeky but loves a cuddle. Snow will take a teat then hide it. Really, you would never guess that Snow was blind and deaf, as it is never an issue - she's always the first in line for a treat!

If you think you could offer these lovely bunnies their much needed forever home, please visit http://www.fairlybelovedrabbitcare.org/adopt.

Of our 29 (and counting) rabbits this month, our two latest may well bring with them our biggest challenge, emotionally, physically and financially, as Lhanna, an FBRC foster carer, explains:

I love rabbits and while I have my own I also love to foster them, as it is so rewarding to help sick and neglected rabbits return to health and learn to trust humans again.

But it can be heart breaking, too and as I write this I do not know whether my two new beautiful foster bunnies, Leah and Lucy, will even survive this coming night as they are so very sick.

I am trying hard to be positive that I can nurse them back to health but the vet has warned me that help might have arrived too late for these adorable little sisters, who have been starved almost to the point of death. Tragically, it was certainly too late for their sister - she died before her life had hardly begun.  Her surviving sisters are just 16 weeks old and instead of getting up to mischief like young rabbits do they are fighting to stay alive.

In five years of fostering I have never seen such severe malnutrition in a rabbit since I fostered Smokey last summer. He was found abandoned in a crisp box and urgently needed not only food but dental care, too. He had never seen hay and it took me six months to nurse him back to health. It was distressing at times and many tears were shed but there was a happy outcome and Smokey now lives with my group of rabbits.

I am desperately hoping that the girls’ future will be just as happy, particularly since they have had such a sad beginning to their lives. They were unwanted by their original owner and were offered to a neighbour who felt obliged to take them on but she was unable to look after them and so they came into rescue.

When I collected these poor girls it immediately became clear why their sister had died. They are so horrifically emaciated that I can feel every bone, joint and internal organ and their stomachs are inverted. Amazingly, however, they are both heartbreakingly trusting towards humans and extremely protective of each other.

When I rang the vet for advice on what to feed them I was advised to bring them in as soon as possible. When head vet Neil McIntosh lifted Leah and Lucy from the carrier he was so shocked that he let out a gasp of horror as his hand was able to reach right round their tiny bodies. He weighed them - Leah is just 1.4kg, and already has the start of dental spurs and some scarring on her cheek from them. Lucy however, is only 1.2kg and she also has dental spurs as well as conjunctivitis and is now on eye drops.

The sad thing is that the girls need to have dental operations but as they are so malnourished we have been told that they would not survive them. Until they are fit for surgery the vet has advised that they are given 72g of Excel a day each, unlimited hay and a small cup of veg, which will hopefully help their teeth. I will do my utmost to get these bunnies well but Neil has warned me that Lucy may not survive and in fact we will need a lot of luck for both of them to pull through.

These girls have only been on earth for just 16 weeks and yet their life now hangs in the balance and they have already witnessed the loss of their sister. Looking after them is going to be both physically and emotionally challenging: their severe malnutrition has caused not only their muscles to virtually waste away but their bones are so fragile that they have to be kept on a soft, padded surface to prevent fractures. They can’t even play outside because if they suffered fear - say from a sudden noise like a bang or a dog barking - it could cause shock and kill them.

I cannot tell you how heart breaking it is to see two young rabbits, who through no fault of their own have endured such neglect in their short lives. Who knows whether they will ever have the opportunity of discovering the joys of hopping and binkying across grass or whether like their sister they will die because a human failed them.

I will do my utmost to show them that not all humans are the same. Leah and Lucy will have the best help and care that anyone can provide.

If you can help, please consider donating at http://www.justgiving.com/fbrc-mar14, or by purchasing something from our Amazon Wishlist

So Maoam is settling in nicely.  He is really chilled and relaxed,  very nosey and just wants to explore EVERYWHERE ! 
 
He still not too keen on being touched.  When he is eating however, he  is quite happy with you rubbing his nose, but only his nose.  He follows you everywhere though !  He is very comfortable with us walking around him and sitting next to him, just as long as you don't touch him.
 
But when it comes to picking him up, he is brilliant.  Not 100% happy with it but when he is in your arms he sits quietly and has a look around and he is even better when putting him back on the ground.  He so clean when it comes to the toilet !  He does it in his box and only his box. 
 
He just does his own thing.  You don't really hear him so every now and then you think where is the rabbit and usually he is just lying down on the carpet or on his back legs sniffing up at the guinea pig cage. 
 
He is such a pleasure and has such a placid nature.

He is currently an outdoor rabbit, but has lots of indoor play time too.

If you think you have the perfect forever home for Maoam please visit http://www.fairlybelovedrabbitcare.org/adopt.

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