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I don't know where else to post this, but I just need to get it off of my chest.<br><br>
As mentioned before, I work at an environmental protection station. A few weeks ago we took in a rabbit someone had just dumped in the woods and she's been with us ever since, sharing an enclosure with two male rabbits. Well, today we found out why she was gotten rid of: she was pregnant! She'd gotten the babies overnight and because at night she's in a smallish hutch with the two boy rabbits, they attacked the babies. I don't think I'll ever forget those images; the four helpless, hairless, blind rabbits strewn over the floor of the hutch, some of them with their ears chewed off to bloody holes or a leg missing, three not breathing anymore and ice cold...<br><br>
I'm tearing up again as I type this. Had we known that Molly was pregnant we'd never have put her together with the boys, we'd have put her in a warm box inside where she could have had her babies in peace... And if I knew who dumped her I'd go up to them and slap them senseless and show them the mutilated baby rabbit corpses so they know what they're responsible for. If you take in an animal it's your ****ing responsibility to take care of it, I don't care if you have to clean the cage or your kid, I don't care if a vet costs money, you wanted the animal, you own up to it. Just thinking that these four babies could have grown to live happy lives with us (the station is rabbit paradise) makes me so sad. One of them was still breathing a little but I think by now he/she is probably dead too...<br><br>
Before dance class I had to be hugged by one of my dance friends because I was crying so hard. This kind of thing really hits me - just thinking that the babies, after being born, just wanted to be warm and have some milk from momma and sleep, and all that they got to know of the world for the miserable few hours they were in it was being blind and cold and having their ears chewed off at full consciousness, then bleeding to death... Oh god I feel so horrible for them...<br><br>
If I could use swear words here I would, there's no words for the anger and sadness I feel right now...
 

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Oh , how awful for you, sweetie. I'm so very very sorry. I can feel your pain coming through your post. Please try not to be so hard on yourself. The little ones are at peace now; they'll be safe and warm in another place. You have to think about how to best take care of Molly and keep her away from the males. You did a wonderful thing by taking her in,and at the very least take comfort in knowing that she'll always be safe and sound thanks to your kindness.<br>
Wish I could be there to give you a big hug. So sorry.
 

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I'm so sorry this happened! It's heartbreaking when things like this happen, but please, don't be hard on yourself. You didn't know she was pregnant. All anyone can ever do for an animal is love them and care for them the best they can, and right now you still have Molly and she needs that love.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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How heartbreaking. I'm so sorry that happened. Like everyone else said, you did the best you could. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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So sorry. You didn't know....
 

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Thats the saddest thing I've heard this year <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">(
 

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Damn, you're making me cry. So sorry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I'm really sorry to hear that. Like others have said, you did the best you could, and you still have the mama bunny to take care of. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"> I have no idea why nature works the way it does. I'm sorry.
 

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I'm sorry to hear this. :/<br><br>
Don't beat yourself up over it though. It wasn't your fault. You didn't know they were pregnant. The most you can do is learn for the next time.<br><br>
I do completely agree with you though that once someone takes up the responsibility of a pet, they should stick with it. It really is sad when someone abandons a pet like that. Just make sure you give that mother rabbit the best care you can. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> She deserves it.
 

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That is so sad to hear and it made me cry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I am so sorry that happened. It wasn't your fault though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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I'm so sorry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> It wasn't your fault, though, you did your best to help them and it's good that you're still helping Molly, and it wasn't the male rabbits' faults, either, because I'm sure they were just acting on some sort of instinct. It sounds like she was pregnant when you got her due to the previous owners' neglect, and that's so awful but you can't change that now except to give Molly a good life without that neglect that she experienced before.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Kjesta</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3006728"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I don't know where else to post this, but I just need to get it off of my chest.<br><br>
As mentioned before, I work at an environmental protection station. A few weeks ago we took in a rabbit someone had just dumped in the woods and she's been with us ever since, sharing an enclosure with two male rabbits. Well, today we found out why she was gotten rid of: she was pregnant! She'd gotten the babies overnight and because at night she's in a smallish hutch with the two boy rabbits, they attacked the babies. I don't think I'll ever forget those images; the four helpless, hairless, blind rabbits strewn over the floor of the hutch, some of them with their ears chewed off to bloody holes or a leg missing, three not breathing anymore and ice cold...<br><br>
I'm tearing up again as I type this. Had we known that Molly was pregnant we'd never have put her together with the boys, we'd have put her in a warm box inside where she could have had her babies in peace... <b>And if I knew who dumped her I'd go up to them and slap them senseless and show them the mutilated baby rabbit corpses so they know what they're responsible for.</b> If you take in an animal it's your ****ing responsibility to take care of it, I don't care if you have to clean the cage or your kid, I don't care if a vet costs money, you wanted the animal, you own up to it. Just thinking that these four babies could have grown to live happy lives with us (the station is rabbit paradise) makes me so sad. One of them was still breathing a little but I think by now he/she is probably dead too...<br><br>
Before dance class I had to be hugged by one of my dance friends because I was crying so hard. This kind of thing really hits me - just thinking that the babies, after being born, just wanted to be warm and have some milk from momma and sleep, and all that they got to know of the world for the miserable few hours they were in it was being blind and cold and having their ears chewed off at full consciousness, then bleeding to death... Oh god I feel so horrible for them...<br><br>
If I could use swear words here I would, there's no words for the anger and sadness I feel right now...</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"> I'm very sorry to hear this. You did what you could. At least Molly is safe. As for the sentence I bolded, you were way to kind in "slapping them senseless". I would have used a cattle prod on them (can I use the word "cattle prod" in here)?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
Sorry to hear this. Don't blame yourself!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"> That's so awful. I'm sorry this happened. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Oh dear ...<br><br>
Sorry you had to see this unpleasant side of nature Kjesta.<br><br>
All rodents are prone to doing to that btw. I think it is because the males will kill newborns so as the female is ready to mate again.<br><br>
Also the females will eat their own young if they feel their nest is under threat. The gruesome reason for that seems to be simply that the mother is 'recycling' the nutrients back into herself so as she can start a new litter again.<br><br>
If it's any consolation seperating the mother rabbit from the male rabbits may have made no difference to the fate of the baby rabbits at all.<br><br>
Anyways, I agree with everyone who said you did your best and it was not your fault. You weren't to know.
 

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I'm sorry for your loss, Kjesta.<br><br>
Quite a few folks have already mentioned that it's hard to tell if a rabbit is pregnant. I've never had a pregnant bunny in my care, but when I adopted two rabbits from the same cage in a shelter back in the summer of 2000, the shelter staff didn't have their genders right- they thought the two of them were does, but they were both bucks!
 
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