Mayfly is a very fluffy black lionhead doe. She came to us in May 2010 when she was a year old because her owner was having problems and wasn’t looking after her. She was a dreadful matted mess and was thin and frightened. I had to cut the matts off and shave her bottom.

She is still nervous of people but not as much as she used to be. In fact she has recently become a far happier rabbit and I have even seen her binky. Being older clearly suits her, she is nine now. But I have seen this before. Some rabbits seem to get a second wind at this age! She lived with Poplar and Birch for years and now lives with Poplar and Sid. She has been rather fat for years which I can’t do anything about as Polar and Birch and now Sid are on the thin side and couldn’t/can’t have their intake restricted so she needs a close eye kept on her bottom as it is prone to get mucky as her belly gets in the way of her cleaning it herself. I keep it well trimmed so the mess has nothing to stick to. It is very important to keep rabbits clean and dry due to risk of flystrike. The rest of her coat needs a lot of attention too.

Since both Poplar and Silver Birch died she and Sid were bonded with Ginger Tom. Then old Sid died. Now she and Tom are living in an enclosure instead of a shed with a bigger run.