I’ve named her Bun Rab, in honor of the rabbit of the same name featured in Walt Kelly’s marvelously funny, witty cartoon strip POGO, which, sadly, hardly anyone under 40 knows about anymore! (You can view some strips of POGO at this blog, “Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Whirled of Walt Kelly” – a great service being done for humanity!)
Anyway, after having an exam by my vet, who pronounced her quite healthy and about a year old, she’s now part of my “flock.” Her life hasn’t always been rosy. She has several nicks in one ear; and the vet pointed out that a dark spot in the middle of her ear showed where she’d lost some skin and hair. So at some point, she’d been in some sort of predator/prey situation. But she’s as calm an animal I’ve ever seen and seems to adapt to new situations very quickly.
I have her installed in my kitchen, which leads into the livingroom. It is one of the nicest rooms in my place. With a baby door set up, she has free run of the kitchen from dawn to dusk, after which I lock her in her cage (temporarily an extra large bird cage). I’ve rabbit-proofed the kitchen so she won’t find any electric cords to chew, etc. We have a lot of fun in the kitchen as we get to know each other better. She is more relaxed now when I stroke her head. She’s finding her way and so am I.
Sam continues to find Bun Rab irresistible. I placed a perch on the side of his cage so that he can look at her from his cage:
But, given the chance, he wants to have an even closer encounter! (I managed to pull him away before he climbed into the kitchen):
The good news is that Bun Rab now eats grass hay – I don’t think she’d eaten it in her former life. My vet stresses that the bulk (80%) of a rabbit’s diet must be grass. So that’s what she’s getting with supplements of very small amounts of pellets and vegetables.
By the way, if you want to know how the original Bun Rab looks, here he is: