Our wayward rabbit Spot, was finally captured again about a week ago. She’d been quite happy roaming the garden and neighbouring blocks for about three weeks.
And as things tend to occur around here, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. At least for the time being. So I was busy getting stuff sorted with my Dad yesterday who had come to lend a hand and as I passed Spots hutch I noticed she had a mouth full of fur and there was a newborn kit lying on the ground.
What a surprise. Those rascally wild rabbits!
Spot was literally dropping kittens as she moved about the cage. She seemed a little distressed and unsure, pulling out her fur and moving from one side of the hutch to the other. I made a little makeshift nest and got my Dad sorted with his jobs. Each time I returned to the hutch there were more kits on the ground.
After seven she stopped. Some needed a little assistance breaking out of their sac. Small, bright red placentas dotted the area. I left these in the hope that Spot may digest them instead of any kits and gave her a good feed of some pellets which she hasn’t had for a long time as we really only supplement their diet with them. This is because, well, we grow most of their food!
By the afternoon we’d lost three but the others appear to have survived the night. I did not get to check them before evening as I was out. This was probably a good thing actually, give that she needed a bit of space to feel relaxed enough to feed them. We stocked up on hay and some pellets.
This all comes just as there is a scheduled release of a new strain of rabbit Calicivirus due to be released only kilometres away by the City of Albany in a few weeks. This is to kill of some of the local wild rabbit population. Rabbits, having been introduced to Australia, can get a little out of hand in population. Having them around our houses (and rabbits!) as they clearly have been, means they are building in numbers. A trip to a friends farm property the other day also indicated that rabbit numbers are rife this spring. So many small rabbits hopping around all over the place. Too many to get a good count.