For those of you who read my blog regularly, you may think I am reposting the same picture from before ... ummmm, well, no. This is the 3rd set of baby bunnies we have had! I know, I get the whole reproducing like rabbits thing. But here's the kicker. When Dandelion had the first litter (2 babies) 2 days before Thanksgiving, I took Basil out of her cage and put him in a separate cage. They have been in separate cages with 3-4" separating the cages and 2 sets of bars. The first set of babies died on Thanksgiving at 2 days old. chalked it up to mom being too young, she didn't know what to do with them. They were adorable, but really small.
Fast forward to Christmas. The morning after Christmas, Kenna comes running in here screaming that there are MORE baby bunnies! I didn't believe her at first, but she sounded very convincing (my kids are the world's worst liars, lol) so I went to check ... sure enough, this time there were 4. We joked for the week and a half that that set lived that this was the Christmas miracle - the virgin bunny birth. (Dandelion was probably pregnant concurrently with the two litters, having gotten pregnant right before giving birth the first time, or getting pregnant immediately upon giving birth).
So fast forward to almost Easter (are you seeing a theme here?) ... Tuesday, Kenna comes running in here again screaming that there are yet MORE baby bunnies. I didn't want to believe her. But I learned from my mistake the first time and went in to check. Yup. You guessed it. 4 more baby bunnies. They are awfully cute. They are bigger than the previous 6, so maybe these ones have a chance. But seriously, how is this rabbit getting pregnant? Theories range from virgin births, to wild rabbits getting to her and impregnating her (the rabbits live in my kitchen in our 3rd floor apartment), to the male impregnating her across the 3-4 inch space through the two cages, to the male getting out of his cage (which he has done a few times in the middle of the night) and somehow sidling up to her cage and impregnating her that way to Dandelion propping her cage door open with a carrot so that Basil can get in for a tryst when no one is looking ... I have no idea.
If we weren't quoted nearly $400 to have Basil neutered, I would have done it a long time ago!