Totally not about parenting but I need to talk to someone...

Kelina - posted on 11/21/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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So I went out to feed my rabbits this morning and one was dead, the other died not long after. From the angle of the dead ones neck I thought someone had hurt him but after bringing my other rabbit inside so she didn't die alone, I think maybe she starved to death and I don't know how. I've been feeding them every day, making sure they had lukewarm water so it didn't freeze overnight and we made them bed boxes so they wouldn't get too cold. I was checking them to make sure they were big enough but I don't know how it happened. I feel terrible that I could have missed something so big, how do I cope with this? how could this have happened?

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Christy - posted on 11/21/2011

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Where do you live? Could have been the cold if it's cold there. I had rabbits growing up and live in the deep south, so it's always warm here. I know that snakes (rattlesnakes here) would try to get to the rabbits through the bottom of the cage from time to time and it FREAKED the bunnies out BAD. Luckily nothing ever came of it but I can see a rabbit getting "scared to death".

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/22/2011

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It sounds like they got scared to death. When rabbits get scared, they jump....and can easily break their backs. I would suggest if you have any more, make a home inside for them.

I had a wild rabbit (it was a little bitty baby) that was brought into the vet clinic that I worked for. It was abandoned for one reason or another. I kept it and nursed it back to health for 1 month. Literally the day before I was going to release it into the wild, I vaccuumed....not even thinking about it. Just wanted to clean. Poor guy snapped his little back. I felt awful. I killed it by scaring it with the noise....and I was planning on releasing it the next day :(

Kelina - posted on 11/22/2011

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Thanks everyone, it does get relatively cold here but it had actually warmed up several days before this happened. After I'd calmed down yesterday(it took about an hour and a half) My husband and I were able to take a closer look at them. Both Rabbits did have a healthy layer of fat on them, so I was able to put my mind at rest for that. When I'd originally gone out one of my rabbits was already dead so I didn't take too close a look at him, but when I did, his back was snapped. WE think that what possibly happened was something, possibly a raccoon, just sat there and terrorized them. When I found them, Butch was dead and snow white was barely clinging to life. I brought her inside and she died about 15 mins later. Her neck was floppy and she had no control but I think that it wasn't broken completely and that's why she was still suffering. Thankfully it wasn't too busy at work yesterday and my hubby was able to come home cause I was a wreck. Luckily, my kids were both absorbed in barney :)

Kelina - posted on 11/21/2011

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no I have no money for the vet. My husband came home, we think what may have happened is that something was skulking around their cage and they got their heads caught on something. She didn't feel too thin and my husband was of the same opinion but her bose was really runny when I brought her inside so we're wondering if maybe they were sick. I usually fed them at night and the light out there isn't so great so that may have been how I missed that.

Sharlene - posted on 11/21/2011

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I had pet rabbits for the kids and where we use to live had rats woked up 1 morning and found my rabbit dead,I think to own rabbits you have to maintain there enviroment ,can you take the rabbit to the vet to see what happened to it maybe,Lets us know what happens,cheers

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