Sooty

Sooty is a black doe born in 2010. She came to us in October 2017 with her sister Sweep. Sooty has head tilt and could no longer cope well in her old home. Both of them have delightful temperaments. They are some of the nicest rabbits that I have met, very sweet natured and calm. Someone brought us a buck who had been in another rescue for a long time with repeated failed attempts at bonding him. We have called him Mr Spice. They had adopted him to go with their rabbit but it just wouldn’t work and they didn’t want him going back where they got him and back into a small cage so they brought him here. We put him in with Sooty and Sweep and they managed to calm him down from being a panicky ball of fear aggression flinging himself about with mad abandon to a happy little loved up husbun in remarkably little time. When I first put him with them he charged about posturing and threatening them while they calmly ignored him. When he finally sat still Sweep stretched out her neck to him and gently licked his nose a couple of times and then went back to ignoring him. You could almost see the cogs turning in his head while he tried to put that completely unexpected behaviour into his world view. She had just told him that he needn’t worry, everything would be fine, there was no need to defend himself. By the next day the expression on his face had changed entirely and a couple of months on and he is just a happy little rabbit instead of the ball of nerves who arrived. That could have been very different if not for Sooty and Sweep.

 

Group of six

Following the successful bonding with Mr Spice when Minerva lost Juniper I thought of  Sooty and Sweep’s lovely natures and decided to try bonding her with them. It was a great success so when poor Blue was left alkne and awkward little Phyllis too I added them to the group too and we now have a group of six, all built around the two good natured sisters, until that is Blue developed a mean streak and Phyllis offended everybun else. Then they went back to being a foursome.

Sweep, Sooty, Mr Spice and Minerva loose in the garden, Summer 2019

In spring 2019 Sweep’s foot took a turn for the worse so we moved them into one of the piggy sheds to keep it dry. Once it healed somewhat we were able to let them take turns with the Giants being loose in the garden, which they loved.

Sweep and Sooty in the Garden

 

Sadly  Sweep died at the end of July 2019, followed by Minerva ten days later in August 2019. So Sooty is left alone with Mr Spice who isn’t very well either as he suffers from ear infections these days. We may try to combine them with another group.and

Sleeping in the shade. Sooty with Minerva