Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted Sep 07, 2015
My Highland Lop, named Fleur was slightly harder work then I imagined a rabbit would have been. She was a regular little escape artist, as best as we could keep her hutch and outdoor rabbit run secure, she would often find a way out. She would dig holes in her outside run and squeeze underneath, she would chew through the wood at the back of her hutch, one time she actually managed to chew through the chicken wire we had put on the outside of her run in order to reinforce it! It wasn’t just a case of her just wanting to chew things, being bored or not having enough space, as we added enrichment toys , things for her to chew on and her hutch and outdoor rabbit run were huge, she just preferred not being caged in!
She in no way liked being picked up, if we tried it, she would scratch you multiple times! She did however like to be stroked and had beautifully soft, white fur.
Unfortunately Fleur had an untimely demise. We had her for almost four years when one day she died from fly strike. A particular nasty condition where the rabbit is essentially eaten by maggots, I won’t go into any more details on the symptoms then that. This is a fast acting condition which occurs in the warmer months. Too prevent it the hutch needs to be regularly cleaned out and aired, and although we did this, the wood was still a bit damp underneath which attracted the flies despite the clean bedding. So when you clean your rabbit out always allow the hutch to dry out properly and you can also buy special disinfectant spray for hutches.