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Old 01-10-2009, 05:23 PM
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Today I adopted a bunny that had been left in a cardboard box out on the side of the road (in FARGO, where the temps are below zero) for at least three days. She seems to be in good spirits, is curious and cuddly, but she's really skinny. When you feel her shoulders, the blades are very prominent and sharp. She has big folds of skin by her back legs and under her chin, which I hope is a good thing, and not just loose skin from losing weight quickly. She's not a tiny bunny; she's the size of a small rabbit, but I think she's still young.

I tried to attach a picture of her; hopefully it works.

Anyhow, I think she really needs to get to a healthy weight soon, and after spending a few days without food and in the cold, I want to make sure I start feeding her the right things right away, since I don't think she has a lot of time or energy to waste. I have pellets, cabbage, carrots, and timothy hay. Which of these should she be eating the most of, and is there anything else I should run out and get for her?

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Old 01-10-2009, 05:43 PM
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Aaaw, what a darling! The diet you got there sounds good enough to me. I also have mineral and salt wheels available and some roman lettuce and branches to gnaw on. The hay should be unlimited.

My Max looked just about the same when I got him. His fur was even moldy, because he didn't appear to have had enough room to turn around and groom himself.

I need to go take a picture of Max. He's living in the new enclosure the boy scouts built for the rescue. Of course only over the winter until spring, when I'm going to be needing it for wildlife.

However, I let him dig tunnels in this thing and threw an entire bale of hay in there with him. He's being a real rabbit probably for the first time in his life and having a blast! Here he is...it's hard to capture all the tunnels he dug, really amazing though:

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Old 01-10-2009, 05:49 PM
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God Bless you for taking him in!
As for feeding him If you just brought him in and he has not had anything to eat since you found him, I would give him fresh water and an unlimited amount of timothy hay at this point. Do not give him any fresh vegetables at this point and I would wait to give him any pellets until tommorow morning and then only about a tablespoon or two. Bunnies have very delicate digestive systems and too much of a change could make them very sick.
Will write more later but this should get you started.
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:24 PM
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Lydia's doing very well so far. She's litterbox trained as of last night! She and Rusty are fast becoming friends.
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That's awesome!!!! Unfortunately my dogs see Max as prey, no matter what I do.
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I am glad she is doing so well! The picture of her and the dog is so cute. Here are a few of our dog Muffy with our 5 week old holland lop babies last night. The other dog head is Zippy.
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I know what you mean missd as our lab always thinks that little creatures are to be hunted/killed and or eaten!
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