Bunny Blog

Happy Bunnies Part 2

Check out the adorable video of happy, enriched bunnies created by the RSPCA. You can find out more tips on providing enrichment to your bunny at the RSPCA site.

For more bunny enrichment tips, view the following articles by My House Rabbit:

House Rabbit Society Art Show and Auction

Rabbit painting by Eileen Crowley

Francesca, 5x5 in., acrylic, by Eileen Crowley

The House Rabbit Society is holding a Holiday Art Show and Auction on their Facebook page. Proceeds from the auction/art show will go to the Emergency Medical Fund for the House Rabbit Society and to East Bay Rabbit Rescue.

This is a great opportunity to purchase fabulous rabbit art and bunny supplies at affordable prices while also supporting two rabbit organizations.

The auction/art show ends at 1 pm PST on Dec 6.

View Auction »

Story of a Runaway Rabbit

Beasley the bunny

It was near midnight on a rural road in New Jersey when Sharon Coughlin caught a glimpse of a fluffy white object at the side of the road. She drove on, but the thought of an animal possibly in need nagged at her.

“I made a U-turn and slowly drove up to the white fluffy object. My headlights shone on it. It did not move. I pulled off to the side of road and got out of the car.

“It was a rabbit! A tan and white rabbit. It was just sitting there, apparently uninjured, looking terrified. I love animals, but knew little about rabbits. I wasn’t sure how to pick it up or how it would react, but I knew I had to rescue the little guy.”

You can read the full story at The Great Animal Rescue Chase website. This site features articles submitted by people all over the world who have a rescue story (big or small) to share.

Giveaway Winner

Bunny Christmas Cards

Congratulations to Wing T. from Honolulu, Hawaii for winning our Bunny Christmas Card giveaway!

Many people chimed in on why rabbits make great indoor pets. Here are some popular reasons:

  • Easily litter-trained / clean
  • Binkies and other bunny behavior
  • Quiet
  • Loving / social
  • Intelligent
  • Cute

For those who didn’t win, you can purchase these Christmas cards, along with a slew of other bunny-themed cards, prints, and gifts at our Bunny Lover Gift Shop.

For a wide variety of animal cards and prints (including bunnies), stop by Grizzly Bear Greetings, the Etsy shop of My House Rabbit co-editor Abi Cushman.  You’ll find pole-vaulting hippos, bulldozing aardvarks, and many other fun designs.

Canmore Bunnies

Canmore bunnies

Canmore, Alberta has been home to an overabundance of feral rabbits for nearly 30 years. Recently the town council contracted Animal Damage Control to cull the rabbits starting November 14.

The feral population exploded after pet owners released their domestic rabbits into the wild. Although domestic rabbits usually do not survive on their own, these did. And the rabbits produced more and more offspring until the population reached its current estimated total of 800 rabbits.

These feral rabbits damage property and attract wild predators into neighborhoods and therefore must be removed from the town. However, local rescue group Save Canmore Bunnies, headed by Kyndra Biggy, would like to impose a different solution than a cull. Their plan is to round up the rabbits, spay/neuter them, and then relocate them to bunny-friendly sanctuaries. But this costs money. The group needs to raise $100,000 in order to put their plan into action. If you would like to donate money, veterinary services, or sanctuary land, visit the Save Canmore Bunnies Want to Help page.

Save Canmore Bunnies has estimated it will cost $130 per rabbit.

To learn more, see:
CTV Edmonton
Save Canmore Bunnies

Is Your Bunny a Happy Bunny?

Remember the RSPCA’s video Happy Bunnies? (If not, watch it above!) Well, they’re putting together a new Christmas Special of even more happy bunnies, and they want to feature your rabbit!

Here’s how to get involved:

  • Take a video of your rabbit playing, interacting with toys, animal companions, or people. (Make sure your rabbit is playing naturally and actually enjoying the experience- do not make him/her perform or dress up in costumes for the video.)
  • Make sure the clip is under 1 minute long and is not too dark or shaky.
  • Upload your clip to  http://dropbox.yousendit.com/RSPCA by Friday 18th November 2011.

House Rabbit Society Thanksgiving Challenge 2011

Bunny with pumpkinIt’s that time of year!  From now until November 24, your donations to the House Rabbit Society Thanksgiving Fund will be matched by a generous donor.

This year, the Thanksgiving Fund will go towards opening a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in northern California. The money raised will pay for a part-time veterinarian, a part-time vet tech, and some medical supplies.

So this is a great opportunity to help rabbits and rabbit owners! Make a donation at the House Rabbit Society website.

Bunny Christmas Card Giveaway!

Bunny Christmas Cards

My House Rabbit is sponsoring a giveaway for a set of 12 Bunny Christmas Cards from our Bunny Lover Gift Shop!

Send holiday greetings to friends and family with these adorable Christmas cards featuring the little bunnies decorating a tree, making a snow bunny, and sledding down a hill.  The designs are printed on 100% recycled card stock with a matte finish. Cards measure 5.5 x 4.25 inches when folded. Comes with twelve A2 white 100% recycled envelopes.

One lucky winner can choose his/her favorite design or get an assortment of all three designs. Inside greeting (Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, etc.) can be customized as well.

Entry:

  • To enter, list three reasons why rabbits make great indoor pets as a comment on this post.
  • Be sure to include your email address so we can contact you for your card preference and mailing address if you win.  Contest is open worldwide and ends Sunday, November 6 at 11:59 pm EST.

New York House Rabbit Conference

March hareRabbit lovers in the northeast US: You may be interested in attending the annual House Rabbit Society / Rabbit Rescue & Rehab Conference on Sunday, October 23 from 10am – 5pm at the Radisson Hotel in New Rochelle, New York.

The rabbit care conference will cover topics such as rabbit behavior and training, bunny bonding, medical Q&As, demonstrations, goodies, and more! You may even run into actress/comedienne and longtime rabbit advocate Amy Sedaris!

For more information, see the Rabbit Rescue & Rehab website.

Wild Rabbits in Trouble

Pygmy rabbit

Pygmy rabbit (Photo by Washington State University)

Both the pygmy rabbit and the New England cottontail have been in the news recently for diminishing populations in the wild.

Earlier this week, Western Watersheds Project of Hailey, Idaho filed a court challenge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s denial of endangered species protection to pygmy rabbits.  Pygmy rabbits, which are tiny enough to fit into the palm of your hand, have experienced a decrease in population as a result of habitat fragmentation and loss, which was caused by livestock grazing.

A survey conducted by scientists at the University of Rhode Island and the state Department of Environmental Management revealed virtually no sign of the native New England cottontail rabbit in Rhode Island.  Last winter, rabbit droppings were collected and DNA tested.  The results showed that all the droppings belonged to non-native Eastern cottontails.  Eastern cottontails were introduced to the area in the 1930s and have flourished while New England cottontail populations declined. Although attempts have been made to introduce new habitat (young forests, scrub brush), the New England cottontail is close to being placed on the Endangered Species List.

For more info, see:

Pygmy Rabbit: Western Watersheds Project Press Release
New England Cottontail: Providence  Journal

Educational Rabbit Toy Nominated for Design Award

Rabbit Ray

Rabbit Ray looks like a cute white rabbit toy on the surface.  But student designer Esther Wang Chunshu of Singapore has created much more than just a toy; she has designed a useful tool for hospital staff to communicate with child patients.

Rabbit Ray has several functions. On the outside, the cute rabbit face comforts kids.  In fact, its aesthetic was the most popular choice in a survey of 50 children.  Further, because it is structured similar to a human body, kids can point to areas on the bunny that correspond to where it hurts on their own bodies.

The bunny toy opens up to show a diagram of organs in the body.  This is useful for explaining common illnesses to children.  The other side houses tools for common procedures like drawing blood.  Medical practitioners can use these instruments on the toy rabbit to demonstrate the procedure to the children so they will understand and become more comfortable with the process.

The invention has been nominated for the James Dyson Award, which is an international student design award.  The focus is for students to “design something that solves a problem.”

To learn more, see Rabbit Ray’s entry on the James Dyson Award website.

UPDATE 11/1/12: If you have questions or would like to buy Rabbit Ray, you can email Esther Wang Chunshu at estherspeaks [at] joytingle.com.

Get Ready for International Rabbit Weekend!

September 24-25, 2011 (the fourth weekend of every September) is devoted to learning about proper rabbit care and appreciating the unique companionship pet rabbits offer. Below is a sampling of how you can celebrate rabbits this weekend!

Various Rabbit Rescue Events

Saturday, September 24:

Sunday, September 25:

(If your rabbit rescue is hosting an International Rabbit Day event, contact us, and we’ll add you to the list.)

Rabbit Care Information

Check out our articles in Rabbit Care, Rabbit Behavior, Rabbit Health, and New to Rabbits? sections for information on providing a safe, happy environment for your pet bunnies.  There is also a wealth of information on the websites listed on our Resources page.

Fun Bunny Gifts

Funny Bunny Videos

Bunny Binkying

Bunny Show Jumping