Jelly had a little harder start in life than Butter did. Jelly was one of about a hundred bunnies kept in a grassy RV lot to keep the weeds down. A little girl got him close enough to the fence and yanked him under it. That was his first "rescue". She was not supposed to have pets so he was kept in a box under her mobile home. Later, we found out she had done that to several other animals and lost them all one day to a very hot day. But that's not Jelly's story. A woman from our mobile home park saw some girls with him and they were not being very careful. She took him away and put him in a small cage in her home.
She knew that we had a bunny so she asked me to come over and help her learn how to take care of him. I copied about six pages about bunny care off the net and took it over. The first thing I noticed was she was feeding him guinea pig food! Bunnies are not supposed to have a lot of calcium and piggies need it. So mixing their food is not a good move. She gave him broccoli, which is not bad but not something you feed them very often. Broccoli is very gassy and poor buns don't have a way to get rid of it. Their digestive system is way delicate. The last problem was the tiny cage. Of course it was Butter's old cage and better than nothing but still too small.
She thanked me for the help and I went home hoping things would turn out okay. Dad kept saying we were going to end up with a second rabbit. I told him he she had all the info she needed to take care of him properly and don't worry about it. I thought about him from time to time but other than that life went on. One day she asked me for more help with her bun and I went over to her house. Sure enough, she asked me if I would take him because she was afraid she wouldn't take care of him right. So we ended up with a grey dwarf rabbit to go with our mini lop.
He was neutered, just like Butter, and joined our family. Jelly turned six years old back in June. We were hoping they would bond, because of things like this, but when they were out of their cages, it was Wild Kingdom! I had never heard a rabbit growl before, so they are room brothers but not cage brothers. It limits their out time, so I wish they would figure that out!
|This is Jelly today, in our new house|
Next post is about the pets we have that bark, Snowy and Peanut!