Whew! That was a little too much excitement for the end of an already crazy week. I just got home from an appointment (which began and ended early, fortunately!) and went to check on Marilla. She has her own method of preparing for her kits, evidently. Last month when she had her first (lost) litter, she skipped the nest box altogether and instead huddled under her resting mat and gave birth on the floor of the cage, which was the same thing she decided to do this time. There was a cold, little kit lying on the floor when I peeked under Marilla's "privacy tent". I picked it up and it started to wiggle and gasp. Once it was quickly swaddled in a cocoon of fleece and fur, it began to breathe steadily. Almost immediately a second and third kit were born, again on the floor of the cage. They joined their littermate in the fleece and fur, gently placed in the nest box. Marilla is still hiding under her privacy tent, so I don't know if there are any more kits waiting to be born, but we are so happy that she has three little ones, safe and sound. Now we just have to pray that she will not reject them, as I believe she thought they were all stillborn since they were not moving when they were born on the floor. If she does reject them, there is still hope for their survival, as Plum Bun and Tootsie are due today or tomorrow, so either one could foster these babies, depending upon the size of their own litters. They will be monitored closely for the best possible outcome.
UPDATE: Marilla came out of hiding and is now happily munching on her post-kindling treat of oats and banana chunk. :)
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.