Last Tuesday I took Babette and her remaining kit, Hot Pocket to the vet. The vet thought they both looked good and healthy. This afternoon, Hot Pocket died. To say we are devastated would be putting in mildly. In 14 days, all three of her seemingly healthy kits have died.
If there were some contagious ailment running rampant in our rabbitry, it would have affected Anastasia's litter, too, but they are as fat and playful as ever. Babette must carry something that she passes on to her babies, but what it is, neither I nor the doctors can fathom.
The necropsy of the kit that died last week did not yield any answers. The baby was, by all accounts, healthy and well-nourished, with no evidence of disease or defect. I will return to the vet again on Wednesday, with little Hot Pocket's body.
Wednesday should be a happy day, filled with excited anticipation, as new litters may start arriving then. There is nothing to indicate that there will be any problem with the upcoming babies, but my heart is so heavy with sorrow right now, that joy is eluding me.
Amy is the Big Bunny at the Hot Cross Buns Holland Lop Rabbitry. She manages the furry bunnies as well as her own brood of five kits, with the help of her incredibly patient husband of nineteen years. Hot Cross Hoppenings will be a journal of our adventures in Holland Lop life.