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A Photo of the Third Angora and Musings

I took a photo of Emma, the English/French/German angora cross bunny. She’s two weeks older than the other two so she’s bigger. They all got brushed out today, their nails clipped, the hair on the bottom of their feet trimmed, and they got some playtime in the grass besides. Their personalities are starting to show. My boyfriend has decided the little male’s name is Jimi Hendrix. I think I will keep calling him Elvis, it just fits better (even though musically speaking Jimi has to win!) He’s a quiet, contemplative, and cautious little soul until for no reason he flips out, tries to climb me like a tree, and goes wild when I say no. His sister Ruby is a total brat. She’s taken to repeatedly jumping over the older, bigger, doe, back and forth. Weee! She also has little patience for me fussing over her hair and nails, having decided before getting out of the cage she’d rather just hop off my lap and take an adventure into the wild yonder. She’s active. Emma is more reserved but also most hesitant to be initially handled. She calms down real fast though and didn’t mind her nail clipping at all. Fortunately for me they all have clear nails making for easy bloodless snips. The girls LOVE their 5 level cat condo.

Sadly I didn’t have another large wire bottomed cage for Elvis, just a normal rabbit cage. Even though it’s a very stereo-typical cage and very reminiscent of the one he came from I can’t help but think he could use some more room… and am glad it is only temporary. Many years ago I came across a website showing how one person raised rabbits – allowed to run free with other rabbits in a large room dedicated just to them, and I thought, “Why doesn’t everyone do this?!” I have a theory rabbits will get along with each other if you allow them ample free space and this is what I intend to do – allowing them a horse stall attached to a large fenced in yard where they can roam a large area whenever they please. It just doesn’t make sense to me that an animal that forms herds in the wild and feral populations (like the bunny island in Japan) somehow doesn’t get along within the home and farm setting…?! It’ll be an interesting experiment and one I will tinker with until I get it right. This may include culling anti-social rabbits from my breeding program and only opting to breed the socially apt ones. I think the Belgian Hares (when I get Max a couple wives) will THRIVE on this, the angoras will need some tinkering. I will need to know what they can and can’t have in their environment that will not get stuck in their luscious hair. These set-ups are something to think about as I get ready to build my own…