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I'm glad you are rescuing rabbits and giving them a great home. When two rabbits meet in the space one calls home they need to be kept separated . They should be setup in two pens near each other with open neutral space between . They can see each other while in their pens. You can try two quick bonding items. Place the two rabbits in a cardboard box and let them settle in while being placed in the back seat of a car being driven. The vibration from the car should force them to sit quietly next to each other. The two rabbits can be placed in a dry bathtub. The tub surface will be slick and difficult to move on. The rabbits will stay next to each other .These two methods should be used with other bonding methods with the rabbits in a room / space together.
On Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 09:27:01 PM CDT, David L. Fisher <dlf@...> wrote:
Oops, I may have spoken too soon. I let the newcomer out again (as I
was writing the last message) and Monty was in her pen, but lunging at
her when she got close, trying to claw and/or bite her. In fact, Monty
scared her enough that she made a puddle right there, one of the times.
So... the two bunnies have met, and Monty is still true-to-form about
other bunnies in her home, so we'll see how things go.
I have to go back to MA in July for a wedding, so we have until then to
try a bond, unless the newcomer gets a space at the rescue so she can be
adopted. Obviously I want what's best for both buns.
On 6/9/2021 9:28 PM, David L. Fisher wrote:
> I let the newcomer out to run around last night, and made sure that
> Monty couldn't get too aggressive (and she seems to be inclined to nip
> through the x-pen fence). So far, Monty has ignored her enough that I
> think it's a good sign.
> Interestingly, not a single territorial marker (no poop, no pee) from
> her exploring, and also just sitting and calmly grooming herself.
> Later on, I noticed that Monty went around and licked the carpet
> everywhere the newcomer was - and she also didn't leave any
> territorial markers.
> I know it's early on, but I think this might be a good sign, except
> for the small displays of aggression. I'm hoping that Monty will get
> used to her sharing the space, and come to accept her. She is not
> hyper like the other bunnies I had here (which might annoy Monty) -
> she is very mellow, and I'm hoping she'll come out of her shell. When
> she's in her pen, she invariably is in her hidey box when I'm around
> but will hang out visible and Monty will hang out so she can see her.
> I hope this is an encouraging sign - it would be really nice if Monty
> had a friend, but so far I still can't tell if she lost interest after
> the other rescues that were here.