Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ethel in the hay box

Ethel's dumpster diving efforts are extraordinary - she goes to great lengths to find that perfect piece of hay.

The box top is set like it is to allow them to access the hay, hopefully without them turning it into another litter box. About 9 seconds in, she uses her head to try to move the top out of her way. (Total clip ~24 seconds)

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Ethel's previous attempt to go "all in"...


And some postprandial snuggling...


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

(One day late, due to lack of electricity and internet. Hope you are well.)


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The box of hay


Ethel usually stretches up (periscopes) to get that particular piece of hay (whatever characteristics makes that piece the one she has to dig out). Last night, she just settled into the hay and grazed in comfort.

Hopefully, that's all she did. I was trying to prevent their hopping in, by only opening the box as in the picture; but Ethel is so tiny, she squeezed in anyway.

Bunya stands guard (not really, he's just waiting for treat time).

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dried kudzu leaves snack time

Dried kudzu leaves snack time for Bunya and Ethel. I find bunnies chewing to be an amusing pastime.

At ~1m12s, Bunya finishes his, sees Ethel hasn't and tries to help himself to hers (part of his duties as alpha bun). Ethel doesn't want to play that game.

[Speakers on to hear bunny crunching.]

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The love nest

On pen cleaning day, Bunya and Ethel will try to get out of the way, at least for a while... until it's time for them to inspect. One of their places is this love nest, up high (a castle tower perched on top of their fun house). Ethel is loving on Bunya and he is loving it.


Thankfully, the daredevil Ethel did not fall out.
Bunya can take up a lot of space.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Senior Bunnies

Post from Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program
Rabbit FAQ: Senior Bunnies


Life expectancy for a house rabbit is between 8 and 14 years. But when do rabbits become seniors? There is not an exact age when it happens; however, sometime between the ages of 5 and 8, a rabbit becomes a senior. How quickly a rabbit ages is partly based on the size, genetics, the quality of care he’s received throughout his life, and even whether he has a loving bond mate.

What are the signs of aging?
• Slowing down, sleeping more
• Changes in fur coat (coarser, sparser, more gray hair)
• Changes in nails (thicker, turn outwards)
• Changes in mobility
• Changes in eyesight and/or hearing
• Calluses on hocks
• Increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
• Weight loss or weight gain
• Muscle wasting/loss of muscle tone
• Difficulty maintaining hygiene
• Increased health issues (dental, bladder or kidney are common ones)

Preventative care to keep your aging rabbit healthy!
• Proper diet is number one (see links at end for proper diet information)
• Spaying female rabbits virtually eliminates uterine infections and reproductive cancers
• Regular physical exercise and activity
• Mental enrichment with toys, games and interaction with you
• Companionship of a bonded rabbit friend
• Regular veterinary check-ups and blood work

Aging is a natural process. A well-cared-for house rabbit can age gracefully and enjoy many golden years. Your rabbit may need some level of nursing care at some point in her life. Expect this and know that she will be grateful for your loyalty and love. Caring for our elderly companion animals is part of the commitment we make to them that honors the years of love and friendship we share.

Resources
The Importance of Hay
Feed A Diversity of Greens
Senior Rabbits
Older & Healthy, The Care of Geriatric Rabbits (A PDF download)
Elderbuns

Thanks to MN SNAP for the post and permission to re-post it here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Happy Anniversary, Bugs!

This is a bunny blog, so I must note today's special anniversary:
Bugs Bunny's official debut 07-27-1940 in A Wild Hare, 77 years ago today.


Those cartoons are the only reason I know any opera.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day


Die-hard James Bond 007 fan (Sean Connery a bonus).
Saw this and burst out laughing. Bunny's attitude conveys the classic line.

Auric Goldfinger to James Bond in Goldfinger (1964), in reply to James Bond's question: Do you expect me to talk?

Friday, July 21, 2017

More GHRS Bunnyfest and Hoppy Hour

Here's another short clip of GHRS's (Georgia House Rabbit Society) 2017 Bunnyfest Hoppy Hour because, well... all those cute bunnies!



Scenes of note:
The box in the upper left corner of the screen with 400 bunnies crammed underneath; it's like a bunny version of a clown car.
The humongous bunny leaning against the litter box (upper center); if ever a rabbit was looking like: Eh, what's up, Doc?
The bunny who just wants to be left alone in his purple tunnel - thanks loads, bunny bouncer Brian (upper right corner).
The litter box full of bunnies in the lower right corner, just all hanging out - in the beginning, one black rabbit "crowd surfs" over them all; the fuzzy grey bunny's nose goes 100 mph.
(Ignore the flopped unicorn in the middle; pretend you didn't see it and maybe imbibe a little less *ahem*.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bunya and Ethel's wild cousin

What adds a bit of fun to a morning exercise walk?
A bunny!


















Spotted the bunny in a neighbor's lawn. Got too close and it bolted across the street to our lawn.

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Then it found something to munch on here and stayed there for a while. Delivery truck didn't bother it. I walked by a few times and it was still there.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

GHRS Bunnyfest and Hoppy Hour

A quick clip of GHRS Bunnyfest Hoppy Hour (Georgia House Rabbit Society). The star of this clip is Ostara. She was rescued after having been bitten/shaken by a dog - and her spirit is loving life. The pumpkin colored fluff starts off to the right of the frame, sucking up the love from one of the bunny bouncer volunteers. She circles south following the other buns and then north by the hidey box to be in the center of the action. Ostara is the one dragging her back legs.


Reminder - Do NOT.NOT.NOPE.NOPE.NO-WAY.NO-HOW let domestic pet rabbits loose outside "in the wild". They do not have their wild cousins' coping skills or survival instincts.

Here are a few of the bunnies there:


This little fellow was so cute!
(So many were.)

Some bunnies just piled in and snuggled
and relaxed while everyone else ran around.

So many bunnies, but all in motion -
Hard to get in-focus pictures!

















































































Lots more bunny pictures taken by Bree the Bunny's human - album here.

There were desserts by the Cake Hag (yum), the GHRS Hop Shop branch, bunny salons for mani-pedis and grooming (ever seen a huge garbage can of bunny hair?), massages, cold laser therapy and vet checks. It was a very busy venue. Of course, we bought a ton of supplies and treats for Bunya and Ethel.

Thank you to the legion of volunteers and many vendors for their time and donations.
If you missed it this year, don't miss it next year!
And on International Rabbit Day, 09-23-2017 -- The Hare Ball!