Posted Feb 16, 2016
Sandra was my first rabbit. She lived alone in small hutch for a couple of years before we introduced another rabbit into her home. She had been very docile, and didn't run across her hutch very often, nor did she run off when we put her in her own little garden patch of lettuce. She had incredibly soft, grey and white fur, with ears that nearly touched the ground when she laid down. When we introduced Snickers, who we thought at first was also a female, Sandra suddenly came alive with excitement. We built a larger hutch for the two of them and Sandra chased Snickers (to his apparent dismay) back and forth across their home, until he finally gave in and they had their first litter of bunnies. She wasn't much of a mother at first. It wasn't until she had bred a third time that she consistently cared for her babies (without our intervention). Sandra was a great pet on her own. She was gentle and allowed children to pick her up and hold her close. After Snickers, she became less interested in wanting to be held, but she still never bit a finger or tried to hop away while out in the open. While mothering did not seem to come easy for her, we should have researched rabbit breeding and been more more prepared to welcome her bunnies. Sandra lived a long and healthy life, with no major issues or concerns. She was independent and gentle, and appreciated the company of a mate.