, Scout was adopted from the House Rabbit Society
. She is about five years old and therefore the youngest of our pets. She was found with the rest of her litter abandoned at a Girl Scout Camp. Domesticated rabbits cannot survive in the wild, so HRS representatives rounded them up. The rest of Scout�s siblings went to the local Humane Society. HRS thought that Scout would be difficult to place and may be put down, so they took her in.
Some interesting and little known facts about bunnies:
1. Rabbits are social creatures and can form very strong bonds with other rabbits. The strength of their bond is really remarkable. Separating a bonded pair can be harmful. When one half of a bonded pair dies, the health of the living pet often declines as well. When one bunny has a vet appointment, it is generally recommended that you take both of them, even if the other just sits in the cage with her. Stress is hard on rabbits, and keeping bonded pairs together reduces their stress.
2. At the same time, rabbits are also very territorial. Forcing two rabbits that are not bonded to each other to share space is often deadly. It is not uncommon for a rabbit to kill its cage mate if they were not properly bonded. I won�t bore you with the details of the entire bonding process, but if you would like more information about how this works, visit here
We brought Scout home in the summer of 2003 to be a companion to Alvin. Alvin had been with us for almost a year at the time. We began noticing patchy hair loss on him where it appeared to be chewed off. Our vet thought that it was likely anxiety. Alvin was a free roaming bunny in our house (no cage) and was trying - unsuccessfully - to bond with one of our cats, Romey
. We discussed this with our vet and agreed that this may be the source of his anxiety and that he may do well with a companion. When we contacted HRS, they helped match us with Scout, who had previously been well-bonded with two of her siblings.
Scout is not particularly pretty or nice. She weighs over eight pounds, which makes her more than twice the size of Alvin and even bigger than our cat, Lulu
. She hates the cats, chews on electrical cords and furniture, digs the carpet, and stomps on the floor in irritation whenever J or I come into her territory. Because of her behaviors, we have had to keep both bunnies in a gated off area for their own protection. It turns out Alvin�s fur chewing was due to allergies/itchy dry skin, not anxiety. It may seem like Alvin is worse off now since he no longer has free run of the house, but I do think he is happier. For all Scout�s disgust for the rest of the family, she adores Alvin and he loves her back. Oh, and although the feeling is clearly not reciprocated, J and I like her too :)