Things have been hopping in the rabbitry, some good and some bad. I'll cover the bad first.
The little broken chocolate baby with the missing foot lost his battle on Sunday morning. On Friday, Tiny Tim had been zooming around, playing with his siblings. On Saturday, he seemed a little listless and out of sorts. I gave him some bunny gatorade to try to perk him up and he loved it. When I checked on him Sunday morning, he was gone. We were heartbroken. He never gained much weight and I wonder if he wasn't absorbing nutrients properly. It's so hard to know. We did our very best to help him thrive, but so little is known about bunny health and wellness that we had to trust our gut where he was concerned. There is a real need for scientific study and research into rabbit health issues. I'm trying to talk at least one of my children into becoming a vet who specializes in bunnies. A special "Thank You" to everyone who emailed and asked about the little guy, and who offered to take him into your hearts and homes. Your kindness and concern were so appreciated. Rest in peace, Tiny Tim. Your sweet presence in our home will be missed.
On a happier note, Friday morning brings the temporary return of Licorice, the classroom bunny, for the summer months. We offered to be Licorice's vacation resort while school is out, and Ms. P and her class accepted. This decision will provide some stability and peace of mind for all concerned as the original plan involved lots of house hopping. Even the sweetest of bunnies would find all of this moving around very disruptive, and since Licorice can be something of a scamp, we volunteered for this joyful responsibility. Licorice was recently neutered, so he needs a little downtime to recuperate. Our eldest son is excited to look after him again because Licorice is the son of his bunny, Cookie. We will be doing special updates for Ms. P and her great (former) students who will be moving on up to 6th grade in the fall.
Our youngest child elected to do a breeding project for 4-H this year. In order to meet the project requirements, she needs to exhibit a doe and litter of at least three kits who are 6-8 weeks old at the time of the fair. Knowing that bunnies are less likely to have successful litters during hot weather, we originally scheduled five breedings for the project. However, only three of the ladies were obliging. The other two declined politely and showed no interest in becoming mothers next month. We are hoping for at least one successful litter that will be born on July 10th or 11th. The potential parents-to-be are Blueberry Muffin and Little Boy Blue, Mango and Coconut Cream, and Apple Jane and Wee Walter. Given that this will be Mango's first litter, we believe Apple or Blueberry will be the more likely possibility.
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.