Margarite R4/18

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Margarite and Jolly

Margarite is a small red eyed white uppy eared doe born in 2010 who came to in January 2018 because she lost her companion and her owner didn’t want her to be alone. We have bonded her with Jolly and so now she isn’t. She is doing a good job of keeping him in line so far. As he has had a bit of a history of broken bonds we really want this to work long-term. He seems a bit lacking in the social skills department. But so far so good. Margarite seems to like the way he does what she tells him.

Treebeard R1/18

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Treebeard

Treebeard is a young black lionhead buck born towards the end of 2017 who came to us after gaining a bit of internet notoriety by straying over Christmas. He was successfully returned to his home but then fought with his brothers and so had nothing to live in. So he came here in January 2018. He now lives with Myra and has managed to stop her from bullying him. Indeed she seems quite smitten and is content to play second fiddle for once.

Saxifrage R33/17

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Saxifrage, otherwise known as Whoopsie.

Saxifrage or Whoopsie, is a very lively cheeky big harlequin lionlop doe. She came to us in Oct 2017 aged about two because her owner wasn’t coping. She now lives with Saffron in one of our enclosures and is becoming adept at escaping and exploring whether by climbing fences or dodging past feet. It is only a matter of time before she discovers the joys of tunnelling…

 

Papillon R32/17

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Papillon

Papillon is a black and white mini-lop buck born in 2017 who arrived at the end of October 2017. His mother or grandmother or great grandmother had been bought with a buck by someone who was told the pair were the same sex. Because of this mistake Rosie had litter after litter with her sons fathering further litters after the original buck died. We took her and four of her variously aged offspring including Papillon from one cage and another three from a different cage from a person who had been evicted. The rabbits indoor cages had been stuck into an outdoor bin cupboard with the doors against the back wall so they had to be dismantled to get them out. They had no food or water or bedding or shelter, just each other and the weather was very cold and they had no warm coats as they had been indoors previously.  The only reason there weren’t more babies was that there were no adult males left, by luck rather than design. Some having been given away, others having died. There were two young males in the cage, Skipper and Papillon, but they were both too young to have fathered further litters although we were a bit concerned at first just in case. Skipper was clearly too young but Papillon appears to be a month or two older and could just have been old enough.Either Rosie or Poppy is his mother and Blue and Skipper are obviously related to him either as full or half siblings. Petal and Pearl probably share a few relatives with him too. Their Dad was probably Rosie’s son or grandson.

Skipper and Papillon are living together in a hutch and run combo on the patio waiting for warmer weather when they can go to the vet for their neutering. We didn’t want to rush it because they are both still small and had a difficult start to their lives. Luckily they seem good natured and have shown no signs of fighting although there are rather a lot of unpleasant surfaces in their vicinity which they have liberally sprayed with urine as their hormones are good and active.

Skipper R31/17

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Skipper

Skipper is a black and white mini-lop buck born in 2017 who arrived at the end of October 2017. His mother or grandmother or great grandmother had been bought with a buck by someone who was told the pair were the same sex. Because of this mistake Rosie had litter after litter with her sons fathering further litters after the original buck died. We took her and four of her variously aged offspring including Skipper from one cage and another three from a different cage from a person who had been evicted. The rabbits indoor cages had been stuck into an outdoor bin cupboard with the doors against the back wall so they had to be dismantled to get them out. They had no food or water or bedding or shelter, just each other and the weather was very cold and they had no warm coats as they had been indoors previously.  The only reason there weren’t more babies was that there were no adult males left, by luck rather than design. Some having been given away, others having died. There were two young males in the cage, Skipper and Papillon, but they were both too young to have fathered further litters although we were a bit concerned at first just in case. Skipper was clearly too young but Papillon appears to be a month or two older and could just have been old enough. Either Rosie or Poppy is his mother and Blue is his littermate.

Skipper and Papillon are living together in a hutch and run combo on the patio waiting for warmer weather when they can go to the vet for their neutering. We didn’t want to rush it because they are both still small and had a difficult start to their lives. Luckily they seem good natured and have shown no signs of fighting although there are rather a lot of unpleasant surfaces in their vicinity which they have liberally sprayed with urine as their hormones are good and active.

Blue R30/17

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Blue

Blue is a black and white mini-lop doe born in 2017 who arrived at the end of October 2017. Her mother or grandmother or great grandmother had been bought with a buck by someone who was told the pair were the same sex. Because of this mistake Rosie had litter after litter with her sons fathering further litters after the original buck died. We took her and four of her variously aged offspring including Blue from one cage and another three from a different cage from a person who had been evicted. The rabbits indoor cages had been stuck into an outdoor bin cupboard with the doors against the back wall so they had to be dismantled to get them out. They had no food or water or bedding or shelter, just each other and the weather was very cold and they had no warm coats as they had been indoors previously.  The only reason there weren’t more babies was that there were no adult males left, by luck rather than design. Some having been given away, others having died. There were two young males in the cage, Skipper and Papillon, but they were too young to have impregnated Poppy or Rosie. Blue was too young to have become pregnant anyway. Skipper is probably from the same litter as Blue but Papillon appears to be a month or two older.

Blue and her mother and grandmother or her mother and sister or aunt or whatever relation they are to each other now live in our nice big chicken shed with a lovely big attached run and greatly appreciate having the space to run around and play.

Poppy R29/17

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Poppy

Poppy is a very pretty sooty fawn mini-lop doe born in 2017 who arrived at the end of October 2017. Her mother had been bought with a buck by someone who was told the pair were the same sex. Because of this mistake Rosie had litter after litter with her sons fathering further litters after the original buck died. We took her and four of her variously aged offspring including Poppy from one cage and another three from a different cage from a person who had been evicted. The rabbits indoor cages had been stuck into an outdoor bin cupboard with the doors against the back wall so they had to be dismantled to get them out. They had no food or water or bedding or shelter, just each other and the weather was very cold and they had no warm coats as they had been indoors previously.  The only reason there weren’t more babies was that there were no adult males left, by luck rather than design. Some having been given away, others having died. There were two young males in the cage, Skipper and Papillon, but they were too young to have impregnated Poppy or her mother. The third female, Blue, who could be Poppy’s daughter, was too young to have become pregnant anyway.

Poppy and her mother or grandmother and her daughter or sister or niece or whatever relation they are to each other now live in our nice big chicken shed with a lovely big attached run and greatly appreciate having the space to run around and play.

Rosie R28/17

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Rosie

Rosie is a very pretty speckled mini-lop doe born in 2015 who arrived at the end of October 2017. She had been bought with a buck by someone who was told the pair were the same sex. Because of this mistake Rosie had litter after litter with her sons fathering further litters after the original buck died. We took her and four of her variously aged offspring from one cage and another three from a different cage from a person who had been evicted. The rabbits indoor cage had been stuck into an outdoor bin cupboard with the doors against the back wall so it had to be dismantled to get them out. They had no food or water or bedding or shelter, just each other and the weather was very cold and they had no warm coats as they had been indoors previously.  The only reason there weren’t more babies was that there were no adult males left, by luck rather than design. Some having been given away, others having died. There were two young males in the cage, Skipper and Papillon, but they were too young to have impregnated her or her mature daughter, Poppy. The third female, Blue, was too young to have become pregnant anyway.

Rosie and her daughters or granddaughters or whatever relation they actually are to her now live in our nice big chicken shed with a lovely big attached run and greatly appreciate having the space to run around and play.