Baby bunnies and baby bunny pictures are courtesy of my best pet rabbit ever, Grace.
In the UK the rabbit is the third most common animal to be handed in to rehoming centres which indicates that a lot of people don’t think long enough before getting one. They are usually handed in because an owner or the owner’s child has got bored of them, or the rabbit got bigger than expected and wasn’t as easy to handle as when it was a cute baby bunny. Crucially many people don’t realise that rabbits can live 12 years or more and 6-10 years is usual, so they are not a short term pet. Because you’re reading this you are giving yourself a head start and are more likely to come to a well-considered decision as to whether you can care for a dwarf rabbit properly at the moment. If you decide to get a dwarf rabbit, please consider re-homing one (or two) from a rescue centre.
Baby rabbits are very cute for a while, but they will grow up. If you get a fully grown rabbit, then you know exactly how big the rabbit will be. Many pet shops sell rabbits as "dwarfs" but they grow up into big rabbits. Also baby rabbits will grow up and go through bunny puberty. This is where male rabbits spray everything in urine to mark territory, and both male and female rabbits can get aggressive. Until the rabbit is old enough to be spayed, there is nothing you can do. Also rabbit's personalities can change with puberty. A cuddly friendly bunny may turn into a big territorial finger biting terror. When you adopt an older rabbit (>6 months), his/her personality won't change much. If you do end up buying a baby rabbit, please make sure it is 8-10 weeks old. May pet shops take the baby rabbits away from their mum's far too early. Baby rabbits need to stay with their mum (doe) to develop intestinal bacteria. While the babies are drinking milk from the doe, their intestines are sterile. When they start eating solid food, they also eat the doe's poops. Taking the babies away too soon means they may develop intestinal problems later on due to the lack of healthy bacteria.
My new baby pet bunny! (cuteness overload warning) - YouTube
Pet Pal: Baby Bunny – Nala | WAVY-TV
Pet stores and bunny dealers often buy rabbits when they’re only 4 weeks old because they take up less space and look so cute. But bunnies that young shouldn’t be away from their moms. Can you imagine being taken away from your mom as a baby and sold to a stranger? are miserable places for animals, and if you buy from them, you’re supporting a cruel business that treats animals like products.Then, maybe a day or two later, we peeked out in the box, and sure enough….5 teeny tiny little baby bunnies were hiding under all that fluff. Oooooh, we were so excited. But also really nervous that they wouldn’t make it. However, we decided to stay far back and let nature take its course….even if that meant they didn’t survive. But each night, Steve and I would go out into the bunny barn, and pull back the fur a bit, just to see if they were still moving. Sure enough, even a few days later, they were still squirming and squeaking. YAY! (We also noticed that Sophie had calmed down and was a lot more relaxed around us again. She was happy to let us pet her again….which we were happy about! I tried telling Sophie that I completely understood the rage of pregnancy hormones, and that we totally forgive her for being moody while pregnant….haha!)