Bunny Blog

Springtime and Bunnies

Spring has sprung here in Connecticut! After a frosty March, April has finally brought some warmer temperatures to the area.  This means more time outdoors!

Have you started a bunny garden yet? If not, now’s the perfect time to get some veggies growing! So far, we’ve planted a couple different types of romaine and greenleaf lettuces, bok choy, and Paris market carrots. I also have a plan to plant some oregano and some mint in a raised bed and let them battle it out.  If you’re new to gardening, read our tips to starting your own bunny garden. It’s not too difficult to grow a few basics for your rabbits – especially if you include dandelions as one of your crops!

Springtime also means more wild baby bunny sightings! Read our article about what to do if you find an orphaned baby bunny in your yard.

wild baby rabbits

Hoppy Spring!

Hay Day for Coco and Cosette

Our big box of Timothy hay from Small Pet Select arrived today, and needless to say, the buns were very excited. They could smell the fragrant contents before I even opened the box. Cosette decided I was too slow opening it, so she started to help. She’s very good at unwrapping gifts.
Timothy hay

She became a blur when I finally opened the box, swiping the first bite.
Timothy hay

Coco decided he’d have better luck on the other side.
Coco eating hay

He happily munched away…
Coco eating hay

…until he realized that the lid had created a makeshift tunnel. He can never resist a good tunnel.
Coco exploring a tunnel

Cos started to wonder why I was taking photos. The clicking was ruining her dining experience.
Cos eating hay

“Still here, eh?”
Cos eating hay

I took the hint, and turned off the camera so they could eat in peace.

You can buy this hay online for your buns at Small Pet Select. Their boxes of Timothy hay come in various sizes all the way up to 60 pounds. (Click on the link for Timothy Hay on the left to see the larger size options.)

On the topic of hay, be sure to check out our article about the importance of hay in a rabbit’s diet.

 

Heidi the Hydrotherapy Rabbit

Heidi doing hydrotherapy

When a vet suggested Heidi, a continental giant rabbit with arthritis, should try hydrotherapy, people were skeptical. While other arthritic animals, like dogs, have taken to the water therapy with success, Heidi’s owner, Amanda Williams, was sure her rabbit would hate the pool. But when Heidi was dressed in a life jacket and placed in the heated pool, the rabbit took to it like a “duck to water” according to Williams. After her sessions, Heidi is carefully dried to avoid hypothermia.

Williams is pleased with the results. “She is certainly a lot more lively and is obviously benefiting from this treatment,” she said.

Watch a video of Heidi swimming in her buoyancy jacket at the BBC.

It was the Bunny! Rabbits to Blame for Demise of Neanderthals

Neanderthal

Mural by artist Charles R. Knight depicting a Neanderthal family.

A new study published in Journal of Human Evolution points the finger at rabbits for the demise of Neanderthals. John Fa of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust says the fall of the Neanderthal occurred when they failed to adapt to the changing availability of prey animals. These early hominids were adept at catching large animals, like dolphins, seals, and deer. There is even evidence from scales and feathers on their tools that they could also catch fish and birds. However, when smaller prey mammals like rabbits became a prevalent food source 30,000 years ago, it coincides with the decline of the Neanderthal population.

One theory is that Neanderthals failed to use cooperative hunting techniques like early humans did, such as surrounding a warren and forcing the rabbits out with smoke or dogs. This inability to adapt their hunting techniques to a changing environment may have ultimately led to their demise.

So the next time you’re trying to catch your house rabbit to trim his nails or take him to the vet, and he’s bounding away, escaping your grasp, just remind yourself that unless you’re part Neanderthal, you’re supposed to be able to catch him.

Learn more at New Scientist.

Personalized Bunny Print Giveaway

Personalized bunny print

Win this personalized bunny print by entering our giveaway contest!

Just in time for Easter, My House Rabbit and Grizzly Bear Greetings are hosting a giveaway for a personalized bunny print! Customize this design with your child’s or pet bunny’s name and select one of four bunny colors: brown, white, grey or black. (See color choices here.)

This vibrant design is printed on heavyweight 100% cotton rag, acid-free paper with a matte finish. Print measures 8 x 10 inches and is centered on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet. Giveaway is for print only. Frame and mat not included. Colors may vary a bit from your screen vs. the actual print colors.

Learn more about this print >


Entry:

  • To enter, like Grizzly Bear Greetings’s Facebook page and My House Rabbit’s Facebook page, and then comment below with the name you’d like on the print and your color choice (brown, white, grey or black).
  • One entry per person. Winner will be randomly selected.
  • Be sure to include your email address so we can contact you for your mailing address if you win. (We will not use your email address for any other purpose.)
  • Print will be mailed via USPS First Class Mail within two business days of receipt of mailing address. We make no guarantee that the print will arrive before Easter.
  • Contest is open worldwide and ends Sunday, March 10 at 11:59 pm EST.

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner, Becky S. and her bunny, Babs.

Rabbit Rescue Spotlight: SaveABunny

Marcy Schaaf is the woman behind the California rabbit rescue, SaveABunny. Fifteen years ago, burnt out from working as a high-level advertising and marketing executive, Schaaf decided to step out of the rat race. She used this new found free time to foster bunnies, and quickly fell in love with the species. Since then, she’s put her work ethic and business skills to work running SaveABunny. The all-volunteer organization has saved over 5,000 rabbits from being euthanized.

Recently, the group was awarded a $25,000 grant from the ASPCA to expand their operation.

To learn more, visit the SaveABunny website.

Denver Airport Bunnies

Rabbits are taking shelter under the parked cars at Denver International Airport. They are wreaking havoc by chewing the cars’ spark plugs and other wiring. Most people who own house rabbits are quite familiar with this talent rabbits have for destroying wires. People who have parked at the Denver International Airport now face repair bills in the hundreds to even thousands of dollars.

Watch a video about the airport bunnies below:

Show a Bunny Some Love this Valentine’s Day

Two rabbits in love

One of the adorable cards available from the RSPCA.

Spread some love this Valentine’s Day with a Rally Round a Rabbit Charity Gift. You can send a sweet card to your special someone and support a rabbit cared for by the RSPCA at the same time!

Choose either an e-card or a printed card. 100% of the profit benefits bunnies. (More animal Valentine’s gifts are available here.)

Another idea is to make a donation on someone’s behalf to a local rabbit rescue.  Rabbit rescues will certainly appreciate the support.

Don’t forget- February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit month!