We had some new arrivals this week at Bunny Burrows, in the shape of baby guinea pigs!
A few weeks ago we took in a female guinea pig who was found as a stray in Harrogate. Straight away Gwen suspected she was pregnant and last Wednesday she gave birth to 4 bouncing babies. All are doing well.
Gwen now has to do a headcount every time someone visits because they are so cute everyone wants to take them home.
The bunnies and tortoises have been making the most of the good weather.
Fritz and Gigi have been enjoying the garden so much that they now jump out of their pen and run to the back door first thing on a morning when Gwen goes to let Hetty out. They are happy to stay out all day and scratch at the back door when they want to come back in.
The tortoises are on reduced rations as they are not eating as much due to the cooler weather. Unfortunately one of them has become romantically involved with a concrete garden ornament. Gwen may have to look for a double birth hibernation box for the happy couple!
This poor little rabbit came to Bunny Burrows recently with his teeth in a bit of a mess! As you can see from the pictures his front teeth had grown out of control and were getting knotted up with food and fur. Because of this he couldn’t groom himself properly which his why his coat looks so bad. On top of this his back teeth are in a bad way and he will need an operation to trim them down.
But he is a happy chap, and once Gwen had trimmed his teeth and given him a brush and MOT he was straight into his dish of food and loves eating. It never ceases to amaze us how resilient these little cuties can be when faced with so many health problems.
Big thanks to everyone who came along to our recent talks at Harrogate Library and Bedale Community Library, and a big thank you to the staff for inviting us. We had a fab time and hope we managed to pass on some useful information to other bunny and piggy owners.
This week Gwen will be giving talks at 2 local libraries, sharing her knowledge of looking after rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoises.
She will be at Harrogate Library on Thursday 3rd August, from 2pm to 3pm and 3:30pm to 4:30pm (tickets cost £2), then on Saturday the 5th August from 10:30am to 11:30am at Bedale Community Library (tickets cost £1).
Bunny Burrows were recently contacted by a student in Leeds asking if we had room for a baby bunny rabbit they had rescued from a man wandering the streets trying to sell it. They had named him Elado, which was written on the box he came in. They later found it means “for sale” in Hungarian!
Unfortunately she needed to rehome him as she was going home for the summer and couldn’t take him with her. As he is a wild rabbit it meant other rescues and sanctuaries were not interested.
Elado is currently staying at our foster home in Leeds where he is doing well, eating like a horse and constantly looking for attention.
Gwen has been nominated for another award, this time it is for Volunteer of the Year in the North Yorkshire County Council Community Awards 2017. The shortlist will be announced mid July and the winners announced on the 3 November.
A few weeks ago we received a call from a vets in Darlington asking if we could take in a young male rex rabbit who had been brought in as a stray. The poor little bunny was severely underweight and had what the vet thought were scald injuries to one of his back legs. The little bunny was collected and brought back to Bunny Burrows HQ where he was named Prince Charming.
We soon discovered the wound on his back leg wasn’t caused by scalding though, but by him over-grooming and chewing his own foot, and he started doing the same to the other back foot. This was most likely caused by stress, probably from originally being not looked after properly, then abandoned, then the change of surrounding.
A visit to the vets in Leeds was quickly arranged, where he was prescribed a dose of medication. This, along with proper care and diet seemed to help and the injuries soon healed and the fur started to grow back.
Today Prince Charming is a normal little bunny, with his rear feet almost completely healed. He is a happy little chap who loves a cuddle. Unfortunately due to the problems he has had he will be staying at Bunny Burrows for some time while we monitor him.