June 2010


These are photos from our mommy’s last night with us… sniff…. sniff :( We will be okay since we have each other, but mommy might be a little scared. Although, she’s going back with our first foster mom, so we know she’s in great hands. She needs that one-on-one time with a human to show her that humans are nice. We are getting bigger and bigger with each passing day and our furcuts have already started growing out! We are getting puffier and puffier each day, and as you can see, we love making huge messes. Our foster mom puts the pellets in our bowls, we dig it out! We DO use our litter boxes but it’s much more fun to poop as we run. Hey, again, we’re babies still! Give us a break peeps! Our personalities are already starting to shine as well and each one of us has a very distinct character.

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Hi everyone! Newfie here, once again, to tell you what’s been going on in our lives. We are growing healthier and stronger and will be 8 weeks old tomorrow. Happy birthday to us!

Mom is going to be moving out soon because I think she’s had enough of us. Although she still cuddles with us from time to time and we do love her and she loves us. But we know mom needs to get spayed and we heard a little secret…. Shhhhhh…. but we think she may have already found her forever home. YEAHHHH MOMMY!!!!

Anyway, right after we turned 7 weeks old, a major fur-tastrophe!!! Yup, that’s right, we got FURCUTS!!! What gives foster mom?! What the heck did you to us???

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The sound of the clippers was a little scary for some of us, but our foster mom and our old foster mom (who our mom TigerLily will be going back to live with soon) calmed our fears and shaved us right down.

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Even though we have air conditioning in our room, it did feel really good to get rid of all that fur. And oh boy was there a lot of it!

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You wouldn’t think that six of us at only 7 weeks old could produce that much fur, but we did! We did pretty well for our first clipdowns. We’re so proud of ourselves :)

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These pics are a few days after our furcuts, and we’ve already started growing out again! Our foster dad said we looked pretty funny, but that’s okay, we’re still just as handsome and beautiful as ever.

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So, for those of you who are thinking of adopting us when the time is right, you MUST be able to groom us and maintain our beautiful fur. We are not happy when we get matts and our fur gets very long and all tangled up. It’s no fun for us long-haired buns :) Angora fur is actually 6 times warmer than sheeps wool. Yes, yes it is. So we must be kept cool, especially in the summer.

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~Newfie & The Crew

6/17/10 UPDATE: Oh boy peeps are we having fun! Today we made a huge mess for our foster mom to clean up and some of us even got dirty. Silly Molson had to have a chunk of fur cut off of him/her this morning because apparently s/he thought it would be fun to roll around in wet poop! There ya go Molson! Keep foster mom working hard! And, we have devised a plan for when she’s not looking… we’ve all taken to pushing the pen so we can go out and lay down on the hardwood floor (and poop on it of course). We’re really keeping her busy. But we’re still just babies and having the time of our lives! Wooohoooo!!! Now, I ask you, how in the world can you be mad at our little faces??? She can’t! :)

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6/12/10 UPDATE: Hi again! Newfie here to give you the latest furry family update. I know you love us, so here are some more photos of me and my brothers and sisters and our wonderful mom. And today is our 6 week birthday! We’re celebrating by making a mess for our foster mom and doing binkies galore! Wooohoooo!!!

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6/9/10: Hi everyone! My name is Newfie and I know you’ve been following my mommy’s story for a few weeks now.

This is me! This is me...Newfie!!!

This is me! This is me...Newfie!!!

Our mommy, TigerLily, was part of the large angora rabbit seizure case up in Canada and thankfully, we weren’t left behind. We made our way down to the U.S. on May 15th with many other angoras and from there was placed in a loving foster home.

Isn't my mom beautiful?

Isn't my mom beautiful?

We are now just about 5.5 weeks old and are thriving, growing furrier and furrier with each passing day.

This is Yukon :)

This is Yukon :)

It’s me and my siblings: Yukon, Maple, Molson, Klondike and Eskimo. And of course our mom TigerLily! We can’t forget about her! We love her with all our itty bitty hearts. Although, I think that now that we are mobile and are everywhere, we can drive her a bit crazy.

My sibling Molson.

My sibling Molson.

Our foster mom lets her out to play in the room without us while we’re stuck in the expen. No fair! Okay, okay, so she lets us out too, especially when she’s cleaning our area. We certainly do make a mess, but we’re just babies! We’re just having fun!

My dear Maple :) Ohhhh Maple you crazy little bun with those ears!

My dear Maple :) Ohhhh Maple you crazy little bun with those ears!

Anyway, I overheard that you humans are showing a lot of interest in us. Well that is just great and we understand because we are just so gosh darn cute!!! But we will not be available for adoption until we are old enough to be spayed and neutered. Lord knows, we don’t want another explosion of baby bunnies!!!

Klondike! Sit still so she can take our picture! Geesh!

Klondike! Sit still so she can take our picture! Geesh!

And we need to be spayed and neutered for health and behavior reasons as well. For boys that means about 3 months old or so and for the girls, about 5 months old. Our mommy won’t be available until after she’s done nursing us and she’s spayed as well. And of course all of us are going to need a human slave that is going to be willing to keep up with our long fuzzy fur. We will need daily and weekly grooming sessions so we don’t get matted.

Apparently Eskimo wasn't too cooperative with picture taking either.

Apparently Eskimo wasn't too cooperative with picture taking either.

For now, you can follow us on the blog and then once we are available for adoption, you will see us on the regular site: www.rabbitnetwork.org under Bachelors and Bachelorettes and maybe even Pairs if a few of us manage to stay bonded. I hope so! We do love each other. Until then however, please understand that HRN does not “hold” or “reserve” bunnies for any reason.

That’s all for now humans! Gotta get back to raising ruckus with my brothers and sisters! Talk soon.

~Newfie

UPDATE 6/12/10: One of the first buns of the first Great Angora Rescue transport on 5/15 has been adopted! You’re going to have a wonderful life Saucy!!! You deserve it after all you’ve been through.
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There will be an entire article in the Fall 2010 Rabbit Tracks newsletter on this, but for now, the Great Angora Rescue is complete! Thank you to: CottonTail Rabbit Rescue, Hop Along Hollow, Southeastern PA-DE House Rabbit Society, Luv-N-Bunns, For Bunny Sake, My Hope’s In You, Les Lapins Rescue, Animal Welfare Society of ME, Cocheco Animal Rescue, Life Long Tails, Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue, NorthStream Wildlife Rehabilitation, and Hop Along Hollow, as well as all the volunteers who helped organize, transport, clip down the buns and everything else! Bunny people truly do ROCK! Photos from the June 5th transport:
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TigerLily, along with 100+ other angora rabbits, were rescued from a situation in Canada. Through a lot of hard work and dedication by many volunteers, TigerLily and others were transported down to HRN and other rabbit rescues in CT, RI and VT. Another transport for 50-60 of the angoras is in the works for the weekend of June 5. In this transport, rescues in MA, NH, CT, NY, NJ, PA and DE will be taking the rabbits in.

6/7/10 UPDATE: So peeps, what’s cuter than 6 baby angoras? Nothing! :) All of my kids are starting to develop their own little personalities and my gosh they are growing REALLY quickly. They are FLUFF balls and it’s quite amusing to watch them now. Our foster mom weighed them yesterday and all but Maple are up to 1lb 12 oz! Maple is 1 lb 4 oz. My fur is also filling back in from my fur trim and my foster mom has been trying to brush me, but let’s just say that for now, I’m not a huge fan. Maybe because I’ve never really been brushed before. In time I might like it, but we’ll see.

Here are my babies and what their personalities are like so far:
-Maple is the sweetest bun. She’ll come over to our foster mom, she loves grooming her siblings, and is a huge cuddle bun. I wouldn’t be surprised if she were a great candidate for bonding.
-Newfie is absolutely fearless and appears to be a climber. Newfie spends a lot of time on top of the basket and has been spotted balancing on bottles and hops on and sits on one of our foster mom’s legs. Also, no fear of humans at all. Way to go Newfie!
-Molson is super curious and VERY friendly. Molson loves to come over and hang out with our foster mom when she sits in the pen with us. Definitely a head-bonker too!
-Yukon is very sweet and energetic. This morning s/he was running and binkying around the pen. So cute! :) Yes, even I can’t tell yet if they are boys or girls. Hopefully one of the humans will figure it out soon.
-In somewhat annoying, but adorable news, I can no longer tell my agouti browns apart. I know! I know! I’m their mom and even I can’t tell them apart! Eskimo and Klondike are BOTH lopsided lops, with the same ear down. Prior to the recent lopping, Klondike was definitely the most skittish of the babies, but very sweet. One them can be seen cuddling with their siblings the most often. Eskimo is another curious one, lots of digging and trying to escape :)

The kids are also becoming VERY energetic. Occasionally the foster human gives them time to run around the entire room and they will run around binkying and exploring. They are SO cute! They don’t stand still long enough for foster mom to get pictures. One of the more adorable things they do now is bun-pile right near the water bottle and of course, one of the siblings wants to drink, so they have to push the flopped babies out of the way…it’s hilarious to watch. Ahhhh the life of house buns :)

And of course I continue to be willful, yet adorable. I just got done with a couple of hours of baby-free out of pen time. I do spend most of the time flopped in a cubby of the shelves and I also REALLY like sticking one of my ears in the water bowl and keeping it there.
That’s all for now humans. Photos will be posted soon.
~TigerLily
5/31/10 UPDATE: TigerLily here again. I thought you all might like to see how big my babies are getting and get another update on us! My foster mom says that I am getting perkier by the day. And I’ll let you in on a little secret… I am very fond of tipping the food bowls too… hehehe!!! It’s great watching her clean it up each and every time. Hey, my kids are having fun, so I might as well too! The babies are getting fuzzier and our foster mom takes everyone out a few at a time to cuddle with. This is getting my kids well acclimated to humans, so they will be great once they grow up and find their own forever families. Well that’s all for now. Enjoy the pics and I’ll write more in about another week.
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The ultimate in a dead bunny baby flop!

The ultimate in a dead bunny baby flop!

5/27/10 PIC UPDATE: The babies are starting to lop! More mommy and baby pics for your enjoyment:
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5/24/10 UPDATE:
Well my babies are growing faster and furrier with each passing day. Our foster mom says that she thinks the kids have doubled in size since she first got us. My babies now have names too: Klondike, Maple, Eskimo, Yukon, Newfie and Molson. I think she was trying to go for that Canadian thing. Today I got a bit of a fur cut. I was a little nervous but I sat really nice for her while she shaved me down. I had quite a few matts on my underside, so she just tidied me up a bit. I do feel a bit better and I look prettier also :)
Here is the latest video of my kids:
TigerLily’s Babies

Hi Everyone! My name is TigerLily and I am a nursing mommy bun with a litter of 6 babies, born right around May 1st.
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We were part of a large scale rescue and thankfully my babies were saved as well. I am quite skinny and boney right now, but my foster mom is making sure that I have a constant supply of fresh greens, pellets, hay and fresh water. I need my strength to the nurse the babies and take care of myself as well.
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I have 3 buff/blonde babies, 2 agouti brown babies and 1 black colored baby. They are already eating my greens with me, attempting to nibble on my pellets and they keep trying to get into my litter box to nibble on the hay. So eventually, our foster mom just gave them their own little box that they could get in and out of with ease. Although, they still prefer to try and scale up the sides of my box. Silly little babies. To see them finally get in and sit in the corner munching on hay, is like their own little victory! My kits constantly follow me around to try and nurse but I am having no part of it! I’ll let them nurse once or twice a day, that’s it. I’m not a 24 hour 7-11! Geesh!
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Each day our foster mom lets me out of the expen to run around in the room withOUT the babies. Hey! Mom needs a break too! And goodness do I need a break with 6 babies following me, running over and around me and sharing my food. I love them dearly and they are growing each and every day. Since coming into foster care, they have already grown a bit and are now exploring every little nook and cranny of the expen. They still like to sleep a good amount, but when they are awake, they “popcorn” all around the expen. They call it “popcorning”, because they look like little kernels of popcorn popping. Okay, I have to admit, they are really cute!
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As the babies grow, my foster mom will continue to update you on mine and their progress in foster care. Already, we are living the good bunny life, so I can only imagine that my babies and I will continue to thrive and learn to appreciate the loving touch of a human.
Stay tuned….