Yesterday I posted a little photo of one of the new bunny babies. We we have 2 babies, and they couldn’t be more different.
Raven chose a Dwarf Hotot. This is has always been my favorite breed, and I have had several Hotots over the years. They are small, friendly, curious, and beautiful. They are known for their big black eyes, with eye-bands. I have always thought the eyes were strictly brown. I was wrong.
This is Frost. I have never seen blue eyes before. They’re gorgeous! Now….it was explained to me that this was a flaw that sometimes happens, and not desirable among Hotot owners. Indeed, she was the only one of her siblings with the blue eyes.
We think her eyes are beautiful, and don’t care if this is a genetic flaw.
Lenore chose a completely different route. She said “Go BIG, or go home”. So she went big. Lenore chose a young male Flemish Giant. I think her logic is that since she can no longer have a dog, she wants a rabbit as big as a dog . Well this rabbit will grow to be bigger than the dog she had.
This is Sasquatch the baby Flemish Giant. Yes…Sasquatch is just a baby. He’s not quite 3 months old, and already wears the dog harness. We got to meet his father, who is a whopping 23.5 lbs, and quite friendly. What’s really funny to me is that he and Frost are the same age.
Flemish Giants are extremely gentle and sweet. They’re excellent with children, and are basically just a big lap-rabbit. They make excellent therapy animals. These rabbits are pretty good with other animals too..
We have two yard-cats, and they sniffed each other briefly. No issues beyond that. They both expressed a friendly curiosity about each other.
So right now husband is working on the hutch and bunny run for both. He has a nice set of plans to work from, and we’re using the wood I had saved for the chicken coop. (We are no longer getting chickens.) They have temporary housing in the girls room until complete. It wont’ take long because it can’t. I have always been allergic to rabbits. I know how that sounds……but we love rabbits anyway.
I’m ending this post with some parting shots of how big Flemish Giants can get. One photo is a picture of a Flemish Giant next to a Dwarf Hotot so you can see the contrast. These were floating around on the internet in various Top Ten lists: