Recently this month (January 2019), I was browsing Craigslist as I usually do. I am in the habit of browsing daily to keep an eye out for animals in need. I’ve dedicated the last 3 years to taking in animals when I can and helping them into a better situation. Doing what I can, there’s a lot of animals in need, all the time. I came across a post for free baby bunnies.
Now this might not seem too unusual to most, but they are not usually free, and they did not seem to care if they went for snake food. I’ve had rabbits in the past, they are affectionate and smart. I texted the person who had posted them and set up a day to go see them. During our conversation via text he had asked if I wanted them all, at which point I did not make any verbal commitment to taking any of them just yet.
I had a feeling the living conditions would not be good, upon meeting after work I drove out to a piece of property on the countryside. There was a lone barn towards the back of a lot. It was the dead of winter and 10 degrees out, negative degrees with the wind chill. I waved to the gentlemen and he took me into the bar. Now, I’m not expecting barns to be anything super clean, but this barn was very run down and not kept clean in the slightest. There were no heaters in the barn, so the temperatures matched that of outside.
He led me to a small tack room where he had a wooden crate. Upon taking the lid off the crate, you could see 4 tiny bunnies huddled in the corner. They were quite small, he had informed me they were born on December 20th of 2018, so that would have made them close to 4-5 weeks old at the time. They were being housed by themselves, and the crate was appalling! Inches of soiled poop and pee, empty food and water bowls that were caked with more droppings. I was not happy to see these conditions to say the least..
Cold and Scared
The babies were extremely afraid of anything that moved, including people. It was clear they had never looked in on these baby bunnies much at all. They were isolated in darkness without the ability to be exposed to anything outside of the wooden walls. The gentleman asked me once more, how many I wanted. I don’t know why, but I had 3 stuck in my mind for some reason. So, I had told him 3. He nodded and spent several minutes trying to catch them so I could get them in a box for the ride home. The three babies were packed up and ready to go, all while leaving the 4th alone in the cold corner of the dark box…
I got in my car and upped the heat so they could warm up a little. As I arrived home I brought their box in and introduced them to Hank. He was rather excited, as he loves animals almost as much as I do! I let him say hello to the babies, you could tell they would be buds for life. They got settled into their enclosure, and 2 days had passed since they arrived. I was surprised with how quickly they warmed up to Hank and I. Within those 2 days they were not skittish in the enclosure and started getting comfortable with being picked up. They were warm with full access to clean food and water daily. Life was good for these little bunbuns.
3 is a Trio, 4 is Just Right
I was sitting on the floor in the kitchen by their enclosure and seeing how content and happy they were prompted more thoughts about that 4th baby. “I don’t know why I didn’t just take all 4”, I kept thinking to myself. I texted the man I had gotten them from and asked what became of the last baby. He said that he has not been picked up yet, that everyone wanted multiple bunnies, and that a single was not of much use to anyone. I then offered to come pick the 4th baby up. He agreed and met me back at the barn, the 4th baby was even more scared now that he had been cold and alone in the wooden box for a couple days. After he managed to catch the baby, we were on our way home. His siblings remembered him and immediately cuddled and cleaned their 4th sibling. He is still a little skittish, but he has been coming around.
Hank has been so ecstatic to have bunnies in the house. He spends a lot of time sitting beside their enclosure and waiting to play. I wasn’t sure what I would do yet, if I would keep them or find them homes; but I’m thinking they will be staying at the Wolf household with their big brother Hank. I can just see him playing with a herd of bunnies! How fun that would be. He’d be in heaven.
(I am writing this shortly after I got the bunnies, so I have yet to figure out their exact genders, I kind of just call them all boys for now haha. Stay tuned to hear more about them!)