I really need to get rolling on writing these bunny articles!
A couple months ago, Jack started acting funny… He would be up all night, tearing the mess out of the cardboard box house that I made for him, and “digging” at the plastic bottom of his cage. Of course, this wasn’t conducive to a good night’s rest for me, a non-nocturnal creature. During the day, he would just lounge around, not doing anything… and if I left paper towels on the floor while I cleaned out his cage, he’d rip them to shreds. I called Dr. Mom and told her about how he was acting. She said that it sounded like how a puppy or a bird would behave if lonely/bored. She didn’t need to say ANOTHER WORD. I needed literally NO REASON to go pick out another cute little bunny, but now that I actually HAD a reason, it was ON like DONKEY KONG. I was worried about having a difficult time bonding Jack with the new bunny, so I decided to take the path of least resistance – a baby female. Apparently, and for obvious reasons, an older male and younger female will bond the quickest/easiest.
When I was on the original search that culminated in the adoption of Jack, I was really just desperate to find a cute, male Holland Lop. I had no preference in terms of coat color, as long as it wasn’t a solid or dark color (solid colors are boring to me, and dark-coated rabbit have opaque nails, which are harder to cut). This time around, I decided I wanted a baby (~2 months), female, orange harlequin, friendly personality, with long ears and brown or black eyes. Of course, this SEVERELY limited my options, because I really didn’t want to compromise on any of those qualities. This was made much more difficult by the fact that many breeders don’t update their sites regularly, and/or ask that you email them what you’re looking for. After many MANY dead ends, I finally found a breeder about two and a half hours away from me that updated her site almost DAILY, and had a bunny that matched my exact specifications! It seemed too good to be true, and it was to a certain extent – the new bunny had blue eyes, not brown, and since she spent her entire life in a small hutch with her family, she is VERY shy… whereas Jack was handled by his breeder much more, and puts up with being held, petted, and played with. In any case, I present to you… Binks!
See her blue eyes?
Here she is on the way home, held by my sister Micah
I brought Jack with us, because apparently the stress of a car ride helps with the bonding process… Since they are both in a stressful situation, they are more focused on that than fighting with each other. It definitely worked – Binks immediately snuggled right up to – and under – Jack! It may have also helped that she was used to being around other bunnies 24/7, and so she just saw Jack as a fellow rabbit, rather than a threatening stranger.
She was so small that she fit in a Bisquick box!
When we let her run around, she was SO HAPPY! She was doing binkies (these little jump + twists in the air that bunnies do when really happy) at a rapid fire pace… and she is a FAST runner! When I would try to catch her, she would fake to the right, and then race away to the left… She tricked me like 95% of the time!
After a couple hours of fun… she started falling asleep… so cute!
Now, 2 months later, the change over Jack has been remarkable. The destructive behavior has decreased to almost nil, and you can plainly see that he’s much happier with a buddy to play with. It’s like he’s a whole new bunny! He’s much more active, and explores areas of the apartment that he was never interested in before… He jumps up on top of things, and is overall much more inquisitive…. and throughout it all, Binks is always right behind him! They are positively inseparable, I only wish I had found her sooner!