The heat today turned out to be too much for Violet's kits.
I lost five of the seven.
And yes I know that death is part of raising rabbits, but it is still highly disappointing to lose a bunch of nice kits, particularly when you've been working hard to keep bunnies cool in this unseasonal heat this year.
Magic, a polish doe, bred to Rustic gave me five kits. Only one survived birth.
One kit overly large, one kit normal sized, two peanuts. the remaining kit is moderate in size. Fostered to kits to it to keep it warm overnight. Hoping that Pixie kindles overnight and if so will foster that kit to her.
BROOKFIELD- Everyone knows that rabbits don’t lay eggs—so what is this thing with Easter bunnies? Why not an Easter duck? Or an Easter hen? That would make more sense, wouldn’t it?
Well, Easter bunnies, like most Christian holiday traditions, are drawn from pagan beliefs, dusted off, repackaged and sold as representative of Christ’s story. In the case of Easter bunnies, rabbits are notorious for their fervent lovelife and their consequent fertility. Easter, the season of rebirth, not illogically became associated with hares and rabbits, as did eggs, the very icon of new life.
The Easter bunny appears to have originated in Germany, where tales were told of the “Easter hare,” which laid eggs for children to find. According to the legend, only good children received gifts of colored eggs in the nests that they made in their caps and bonnets before Easter. The tradition was carried to America by German immigrants, and the immigrants may have also made popular the practice of making chocolate bunnies and eggs.
Why they were dyed different colors remains a mystery, but a variety of traditions have emerged. The ancient Zoroastrians are said to have painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the spring equinox. The Nawrooz tradition is said to have existed for at least 2,500 years. The sculptures on the walls of Persepolis show people carrying eggs for Nowrooz to the king. Egyptians, Romans and Greeks are also reported to have dyed eggs for their spring celebrations.
The decorated eggs became the object of children’s games, a practice that continues today in Easter Egg hunts and egg rolls. The most famous egg roll takes place on the White House lawn every year, a tradition said to have been originated by the irrepressibly social Dolly Madison, who, told that Egyptian children used to roll eggs down the pyramids, invited Washington, D.C., children to roll hard-boiled eggs down the hilly lawn of the new Capitol building.
_______________ anyways, go read the whole article if you are so inclined. Just thought it made for some interesting research. :)
Here is a list of some interesting facts about rabbits…
The World’s Largest Rabbit named “Darius” weighs approximately 50 pounds and is currently 4 feet, 3 inches. Although this might sound unbelievable, “Darius” is indeed a real rabbit that currently lives with its owner Annette Edwards from the UK. It has been reported that Darius thinks he is a dog.
The “most valuable” rabbit on Earth, “Darius”, is currently insured for around $1.6/million and has his own personal caretaker aka body guard.
In the wild some female rabbits can produce about eight litters of bunnies per year.
The largest litter of bunnies every reported consisted of 24 kits.
Rabbits are natural runners and can reach speeds of up to 30 to 40 mph.
Domesticated rabbits that people raise do not open their eyes until they reach about 9-12 days old.
Baby domestic rabbits are actually born fur-less.
Rabbits have 28 teeth.
The World’s oldest rabbit on record lived to be 16 years old.
The average lifespan of a domesticated rabbit is around 5 to 8 years.
With the right guidance rabbits can be trained to live indoors perfectly.
The average heart rate of a rabbit ranges between 130-325 beats per minute.
It is estimated that over 2 million U.S. households own a pet rabbit.
Thousands of rabbit shows take place annually in the Continental United States alone, each year.
Male rabbits are referred to as “bucks” and female rabbits are referred to as “does”.
Believe it or not, a rabbit’s teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches or higher.
In general rabbits are very clean animals that will groom themselves and even each other.