Rabbit ear

          I had a post planned here about the rabbit era in my garden, but after the last few days the title of the post has changed slightly, and the location changed also, to Middle Daughter’s garden.

          Below is a picture of Finx and Tango,  you’ve met before and I think I’ve mentioned that “Princess Finx” is in charge of the whole garden.

2014-07. Tango & Finx.

          Unfortunately, it appears that what we thought was a successful bonding of Pepper into the group has gone a little pear shaped.

          The boys have been bickering of late, maybe it all stems from Tango having a short stay at the vets a couple of  months ago, maybe the patience has worn a little thin during the hot weather,  who knows, but there has been the odd scuffle or two and then this weekend the scuffles broke out into a fight, ending in Tango getting a bite on the ear.

2014-07. Tango.

          After a visit to the vets on Monday it now appears that both boys have been giving as good as they got.  They look a little strange with bits of fur shaved off here and there to allow for easy cleaning and healing of various cuts, bites and broken skin,  nothing too major and everything should heal nicely.  which is probably a lot more than can be said for the trio’s relationship.

          Pepper has been separated into his old hutch for now so that everyone can do their physical healing.  What will happen after that is another hop into the unknown.

          I’ll keep you posted.

2014-07. Pepper.

Rabbit grooming.

          At the end of the last post we left the three rabbits in Middle Daughter’s bath, Finx had settled down and the two males, Tango and Pepper had accepted each other, but were still a little standoffish.

          It wasn’t long before the two boys settled too and all three rabbits were huddled together in the bath.

2. Three friends.

          I used to think that the grooming in a partnership of two rabbits was done by the less dominant rabbit as with Middle Daughter’s two rabbits, Finx and Tango.  Finx was most definitely in charge, and Tango was the one who did most of the grooming, although on very rare occasions, Finx has been known to give Tango a small wash, for instance when he spent time away at the vets with a dodgy tummy last year, I guess she was just really pleased to see him back.

          Alice on the other hand, was very much the boss in her and Pepper’s relationship but she did most of the grooming.  I have to admit to being more than a little envious as Alice used to groom me too when I picked her up for a cuddle each morning when I let her out before Pepper arrived, but she was so much happier with another rabbit to play with and that more than made up for it.

          As I said last time, in the bath, Pepper was putting his head down to Finx.  I’m not sure if this was to ask for grooming or to show he wasn’t a threat, but eventually it was Pepper who groomed Finx, just a token groom of two or three licks on her ears, but that seemed to be enough.  Tango on the other hand, was grooming Finx regularly and eventually decided he would accept Pepper enough to groom him too.

3. Grooming Pepper.

          Tango is a lop-eared rabbit and he’s a little rough on the base of the other two’s ears when grooming.  Pepper flinched a few times.  Middle Daughter said that Finx used to flinch too, but not anymore.  She’s not sure if Finx has taught Tango not to be so rough, or if her ears have just toughened up to his harsh grooming.

11. Grooming Finx.

          Things were progressing better than we had hoped for, no aggression shown at all and Tango was quite comfortable grooming both Finx and Pepper in turn.

12. Grooming Tango.

          Eventually Tango decided he needed a clean too, and since no one else seemed to be offering, he groomed himself as well as Finx and Pepper.

          I think this is about where we decided to turn our rabbit’s first date into a marathon to see if we could bond the three rabbits all in one go.