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#1 Old 06-12-2011, 08:17 PM
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i just caught 2 little bunnies in my neighborhood. yes, 2 of them. they were just hopping around together in the dark. they're super friendly and i think they're easter rejects.
anyway what do i do with them? do i give them food, hay, anything else tonight? should i try cleaning them or just leave them be for now?

on a side note, i'm really kind of in shock that that just happened.
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Are these obviously pet rabbits, or is there any chance they could be wild?
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i followed them around waving basil (which they ignored) until i could grab them and they didn't put up a fight.
i'd love to keep them but i don't think that's a responsible decision at the moment. i just got a bunny a couple of month ago so i have proper food and hay around. i don't know where i'd take them yet, the humane society doesn't seem right and i doubt they'd take them anyway.
they have some debris on them and since it finally rained tonight they have a bunch of dirt on them.
for now they're in my 2 large carriers with a towel over them. it seemed like they were fighting or something and they were humping each other (as they were when i saw them) and i don't want to leave them together like that once i go to bed.



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Are these obviously pet rabbits, or is there any chance they could be wild?

i doubt it. it took me less that 10 minutes to catch them both. they weren't shy at all and they look like juvenile lionheads or some other kind that's similar.
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I think there are quite a lot bunny rescues. Have you tried Google-ing bunny rescues in your area/state?
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Have you thought they may be someones pets that accidentally escaped? That can happen a lot, especially if people let them roam the garden and they find a way out. Have you thought about putting up flyers or something to check? They may just be lost.

Wild rabbits look completely different to pet rabbits, and are very fast - I think it's unlikley they would be wild. Infact a lot of pet rabbits wouldn't be so easy to catch.

Anyway it sounds like your doing a good job, they were lucky to be found because domesticated rabbits really wouldn't stand a chance on their own.
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Have you thought they may be someones pets that accidentally escaped? That can happen a lot, especially if people let them roam the garden and they find a way out. Have you thought about putting up flyers or something to check? They may just be lost.

i'm hoping that's the case. i've put up a flyer by the end of the street for now and will ask around later. i called the local shelter and they were less than helpful.


on a general update, they're both eating and pooping so i figure they're in decent enough health to hang out for a while. i'll try to get pictures later. they're adorable
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i can't figure out how to add an attachment to my last post.
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Wild rabbits look completely different to pet rabbits, and are very fast - I think it's unlikley they would be wild. Infact a lot of pet rabbits wouldn't be so easy to catch.

Well, yes, I know this, but some pet rabbits can have the same coloration as wild rabbits, and babies are not that fast moving. So I just wanted to check.

But from the pics they are obviously pet rabbits! And sooo cute!
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They are adorable. Zirpkatze, I'm so glad that someone like you encountered them. You just saved two lives.
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Awwww how adorable! Such sweeties! Glad they seem to be fit and healthy - hope it all works out for them and for you!
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They're still babies. They should be easy to rehome.

You can place an ad in a paper.
Also, I was a manager at a small privately owned pet store for a while. Sometimes people would bring us pets to find homes for. Yes, we sold them... It is dangerous to give away pets for free. People will take a "free" pet on a whim even if they don't really want it. That's not fair to the pet. Talk to local pet shops. Even if they can't take the bunnies, they may let you put up a flyer in the store to find them a home.

They could just be lost. It's possible that a loving family let them run around the house for a while, but forgot to close off a pet door. Maybe someone didn't realize they can dig under a backyard fence.

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Oh my goodness... too cute! They are lucky you found them.

I love bunnies and would love to get a pair, but the cats rule the roost around here and don't play well with anything smaller than them (including my mom's dog).
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the plan is to keep them here for the week in case they are lost; maybe longer. i've put up some flyers and will post a found ad on craigslist and petfinder. there's a chapter of the house rabbit society close and another rescue (luv-a-bunny) and i've emailed both to see if they know a good place i can put them. there's a shelter that will take them but they're not no-kill so that will be my last option. if anyone knows any other rescue places in south florida or any place that would neuter them cheap or free let me know.

i think they're males. they must have been handled a lot because they don't object to me picking them up or even putting them on their back to look at them. they don't seem to mind the cats either. the white seems to want petting while the brown one is a bit shy.
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Where exactly are you in Florida? I know a few bunny vets in the area who may be able to help. Dr. Kelleher in Coral Springs has taken care of my Flash, including doing his neuter surgery. I know she sometimes works with the local rescue groups - they usually have at least one bunny hanging out in their office that they're trying to find a home for.

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Where exactly are you in Florida? I know a few bunny vets in the area who may be able to help. Dr. Kelleher in Coral Springs has taken care of my Flash, including doing his neuter surgery. I know she sometimes works with the local rescue groups - they usually have at least one bunny hanging out in their office that they're trying to find a home for.

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she's my vet too i'm actually going there this week to finally get my yuki spayed. i was planning on asking her about the little ones then to see if she could help though i'm not too hopeful.
i'll pm you my city but i wouldn't have a problem going anywhere in the tri-county area.
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Lots of good advice here already! From the photo you attached, they're quite young and cute, so you might have good luck finding another home for them. Good luck! I'm about 1000 miles away from you, with a cat and a rabbit of my own (both quite elderly)- so I can't be of much help... sorry...

It surprises a lot of people how commonly rabbits are just dumped.

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Aww they are so cute! Yeah, it's pretty much the right time of year for the Easter dumps, especially since they are still babies. And I echo everyone when I say they are so lucky that you happened to be the one to rescue them from outside, since you know how to take care of buns and have a bun yourself. I can think of a bunch of bad situations they could have gotten in instead. Lucky lucky.

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they might have an owner. i just got a call from someone who knows someone that knows the owner. anyway, she called me and put my number on their door. hopefully i get a call.
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good news. they have a home and are back at it now
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Awww! Yay!

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good job on the rescue!

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Yay! A happy ending!
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Awesome! Poor little things all lost and stuff.

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Good. I hope their owners have learned a lesson about keeping track of their bunnies.

This.

Thank goodness that they stayed together, and were so very lucky as to encounter you, Zirpkatze!
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Yay! A happy ending for everyone!

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