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Baby Bunnies at the House Rabbit Society

September 9th, 2013

On September 5, the House Rabbit Society volunteers found two containers of bunnies that someone had dumped on their doorstep. Eight of the seventeen rabbits were babies. Here’s a video of them:

To help HRS care for these and other needy rabbits, please visit their web site and consider donating: www.rabbit.org.

Happy Labor Day!

September 2nd, 2013

Cosette and Coco

Cosette and Coco know how to take it easy…

Why Do Rabbits Have White Tails?

August 23rd, 2013
Brown rabbit

Unfortunately for Cosette, her natural brown coloring does nothing to camouflage her here.

Wild rabbits are well concealed in the brush by their brown coloring. But one thing gives them away – that flash of white from their tails as they’re bounding away. So why did rabbits evolve to have a white tail, and not a brown one? (Or a green one?)

Evolutionary biologist Dirk Semmann of the University of Göttingen in Germany thinks he knows the answer. Semmann believes the obvious, white coloring actually distracts and confuses predators as the rabbit darts back and forth. A predator focuses on the white tail during the chase, and then when the rabbit turns, the white disappears. It takes a second for the predator to regain focus on the rabbit after every sharp turn… and these seconds can add up to enough time for the rabbit to escape.

According to Semmann, “The idea first appeared when I was running,” says Semmann. “I met this rabbit; it was always running and turning at some point. That got me thinking about the problem.”

To test his theory, Semmann used a video game on a group of people which involved either a flashing, bright circle (the white tail) or a non-flashing circle that blended with the background. The presence of the flashing circle reduced the participants’ ability to “catch” it.

Learn more on Nature.com.

More Public Art Bunnies!

August 23rd, 2013
Brisbane Festival artistic director Noel Staunton and artist Stormie Mills are dwarfed by the giant bunny sculpture that will be installed in Brisbane. Photo credit: Vicki Winter / Brisbane Times.

Brisbane Festival artistic director Noel Staunton and artist Stormie Mills are dwarfed by the giant bunny sculpture that will be installed in Brisbane.
Photo credit: Vicki Winter / Brisbane Times.

In addition to the tiny rabbit sculptures invading cities near you, now there’s another kind of art bunny to look out for. These 4-meter high, bubblegum-pink rabbit sculptures are taking over the city of Brisbane in Australia as part of the Brisbane Festival, September 9-28.

The large bright pink bunnies are the vision of street artist Stormie Mills. Cast out of polyurethane, the outer pieces are supported by a steel internal frame and plastic subframe.

Said Mills, “It’s like a vinyl toy in a sense, but a bit tougher and certainly a whole lot larger. The last step is that somebody goes in and tightens everything up from the inside, crawls back out the bunny’s bum and we glue the tail on.”

Learn more: Brisbane Times

Tiny Bunny Sculptures Take Over Cities Around the World

August 5th, 2013
Mysterabbit sculpture

Photo by LuLu Kim / Brooklyn, NY.

Mysterabbit is a street art project started by designer Ji Lee, that features tiny meditating bunny sculptures placed in public spaces around the world.

According to the website:

We hope they will stop people from their daily routine and for a brief moment, make them wonder about their mysterious, newly found gift, and a small piece of the beautiful world that surrounds them.

The public is encouraged to get involved in the project. To find out if a city near you is participating in free Mysterabbit giveways, see the Mysterabbit website.

Coupon for Small Pet Select Pellets + Hay

August 1st, 2013

Pellets plus timothy hay

Through August 31, 2013, Small Pet Select is offering My House Rabbit readers a special discount on their new rabbit pellet food product!

Use coupon code myhouserabbit10 when you purchase 10lbs Hay + 4lbs pellets, and you get:

  • $5 off the retail price
  • Free shipping
  • Free I Love My Rabbit sticker

The pellets are timothy hay-based and do not include unhealthy additives like a lot of the pet store brands do.  Paired with the box of fresh hay, this package provides a fantastic base for your rabbit’s nutritional needs. (Remember to provide unlimited fresh hay to your rabbits to ensure good digestive and dental health!)

Buy the pellets + hay here >

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If you are all set with pellets, you can still use coupon code myhouserabbit for free shipping on hay products from Small Pet Select.

Cosette has an Eye Infection

July 27th, 2013

A few weeks ago, we noticed Cosette’s left eye was occasionally watery. It left the fur above it messy looking. So we took her to the vet, who tried to flush the tear duct out. While the solution came through Cosette’s nose on the right side, it didn’t on the left side. So she was sent home with an antibiotic eye drop and an oral antibiotic (Baytril) to be administered twice daily for two weeks. We were also given a rabbit probiotic to add to her water to help her digestive system while she’s on the antibiotics.

Giving Cosette medicine has always been difficult due to her bold, independent personality. She hates being held and doing anything that’s not her own idea. She’s very suspicious and very difficult to catch.

Coco on the other hand is the world’s easiest patient. He actually enjoys the taste of banana-flavored medicine and comes willingly when called to lick it from the syringe.

So for our more difficult patient, we’ve been mixing the oral medicine in a mashed banana, the only food she tolerates with the medicine in it. We tried squirting it on lettuce, inside a cored out strawberry, and mixed in with apple sauce.  They were all immediately avoided. The eye drops at first were somewhat easy to apply. But then she became wary of that activity as well, so we’ve had to catch her and hold her down to put the drops in.

So the past week and a half has been trying, but Cosette’s eye seems to be getting better. We go back to the vet on Wednesday for another tear duct flush. Wish us luck that all goes well! We’ll keep you posted on what happens…

Cosette

UPDATE: We took Cos in today, and the vet was able to flush it, though it didn’t go easily. So we will continue with the drops for one more week.  The routine will be tortuous for all parties involved, but hopefully it’ll nip the problem in the bud! :)

The World is Your Carrot

July 17th, 2013

These spoiled buns are enjoying some fresh carrots plucked from the bunny garden.

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Indiana Rescue Needs Help

July 17th, 2013
White rabbit

A rescued rabbit

Indianapolis Animal Care and Control confiscated 375 rex and mini-rex rabbits from a breeder after complaints over their care.

Soon there were 400 rabbits, as many of those who were pregnant gave birth. The Indiana House Rabbit Society took up the cause and helped with feeding and medical care.

There is still work to be done. One hundred and seventy rabbits are still in foster care. The rabbits need homes in Indiana, or they can be transported to other states. If you can help, contact info@indianahrs.org.

For more information on ways to help, visit House Rabbit Society.

For more on the rescued rabbits, visit The Indy Channel.

Bunny Party!

June 24th, 2013

Birthday coming up? Time for a tea party? Just want a reason to get together? As a rabbit-lover, a bunny-themed party might be right for you. We’ve put together a few things that might help you out.

Bunny Cakes

Peter Rabbit Cake
Peter Rabbit Cake
A recipe from McCormick made from two 9-inch round cakes.  The recipe simply calls for cutting up one of the cakes to create the ears and body.

Bunny cake


Food Network Bunny Cake

A more 3D cake made with two 9-inch round cakes from the Food Network.

Bunny Cake


Betty Crocker Bunny Cake

The Betty Crocker version of a 3D bunny cake.

Bunny Games

  • The Bunny Hop – Relay race in which each contestant must hop around an object, like a fake carrot available at craft stores, wearing bunny ears and holding a ball or balloon between their legs as they hop.
  • Bunny Tag – Traditional tag, but with players must hop like a rabbit.
  • Carrot Toss – Ring-toss around a craft-store carrot.
  • Pin The Nose (or Tail) on the Bunny – Draw a bunny face or full bunny on a piece of poster paper. Cut out construction paper noses or use cotton balls with pieces of rolled tape on the back.


Bunny Decorations

  • Bunny Balloons – Use a marker to draw a bunny face on a helium balloon and attach a pair of construction paper ears.
  • Bunny Banners – available from Expressions In Design or French & Sparrow
  • Bunny Confetti – available from Papirvendage
  • Bunny Wall Decals – available from Twistmo
  • Bunny Stamp – available from Amazon