Bunny Baby Boom

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Last week, we took 3 of our 4 fully grown male rabbits (bucks) to the vet for neutering, in an attempt to control the number of accidental litters we were getting. There we were, feeling all smug and triumphant. Hah! All we have to do now is to keep the fourth one in a locked cage, and then we won’t ever have accidents anymore!!

Little did we know that they had left us one last surprise. The very next day, we found three litters in one of the cages. Apparently, one of the males had managed to escape and infiltrate the females’ cage about a month ago. All three adult females (does) present in the cage got pregnant and all gave birth on the same day.

I had to sit down and practise deep breathing. After I had somewhat recovered from the shock, I decided to check and count the babies. Only to start hyperventilating again.

Why? Why is it not enough that all of our rabbit does immediately get pregnant from the tiniest little slip-up? Why do they then have to go and have 10 babies each?? Why can’t they have, say, 3 each..?

So. We now have 30 more rabbits. The number of bunnies in the pet zoo has tripled. No, we won’t be able to keep them, we will have to give them away when they reach 2 months of age.

We are feeling ridiculous now. It seems that our rabbits are always giggling madly at us behind our backs. Something like: “Hahaha!! We did it again! Did you see her face? She did not expect that! Now she won’t be feeling so smug! Maybe now she’ll realise that rabbits are cleverer than people!”

Well. I have to admit that the babies (kits) are extremely cute of course, as always. I fully expect to fall in love with all 30 of them and then be terribly upset when I have to rehome them. Such is life with rabbits. But I really, really hope we will be able to manage it better from now on.

I intend to post pictures and stories as the bunnies grow. Check back in a week’s time! 😉

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About tarnegolita

Dutch expatriate, mother of 3 boys, freelance translator and pet zoo keeper in a kibbutz in Israel.
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9 Responses to Bunny Baby Boom

  1. Sunith says:

    Very cute and would have loved to adopt a few…alas I am very far..

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  2. tarnegolita says:

    But thanks for the thought! 🙂

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  3. aheikkinen says:

    Laughed out loud 😀 So funny to imagine the males laughing because they were once again able to lure you. Oh my those babies are so small. I have never seen bunny babies. Very cute.

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  4. I, too, laughed out loud! Clearly the saying “breed like rabbits” isn’t kidding around! They are awfully cute.

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    • tarnegolita says:

      Oh yes, it’s totally accurate!! They breed at an incredible rate if you don’t watch out. They can have a litter every single month of the year if you keep them together! We thought we could just keep the sexes separate and that would be it. But oh no! They are masters of escaping and breaking into each other’s cages. It keeps happening, even when we think we’ve got it all figured out! Hopefully now it will stop though! 🙂

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  5. cutepeeks says:

    The bunnies are so cute!!!! I am going to follow your blog, I love it!!

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