Introducing Sfingi and Zeppoli!

Sfingi, a female lionhead

I am pinching myself! I accepted the rabbits without seeing them and without knowing why they were given up. Angoras just are not common around here and I could not pass up the opportunity. For a non-driver in a rural area, this was a little bunny miracle. But the thing is, these little buns could have been antisocial, skittish, or even violent rabbits. I have a deep love of animals, especially misfits. I had faith in redemption. Well, no need for that! Two healthy, well behaved, social, and absolutely adorable rabbits arrived safe and sound with two large outdoor cages (probably about four feet long and two feet wide), water bowls, food bowls, and a 5 gallon bucket filled to the rim. Yay!

Zeppoli, a French angora male

The little lionhead is absolutely adorable. She is a little skittish but very well-behaved and absolutely endearing. The male angora seems to be a French angora, which is what I was looking for! And he is the exact color I wanted. Hoorah. He is already very social with me, though still a little nervous. As you can see, he needs a little TLC as he does have matts. His previous mama just had a real live human baby and she had trouble (very understandably) keeping up with managing his long and thick coat. I won't attempt grooming him until we bond more, but I will let you know how it goes! What healthy cuties!

Zeppoli, a French angora male

I have them tucked between four large lilac bushes. A friend said, I would save that spot for myself, not the bunnies! To which my husband replied, What are you kidding! She is going to be in here a lot more now that she has bunnies to play with. Yes, indeed! The thinking behind this spot is that the cool shade will protect the wee buns from our brutal sun. Being out in a field with very little shade, it is easy to feel like you are baking alive in only 50 degree weather! Bunnies like it cool what with that huge coat. Also, bunnies can eat lilac twigs and leaves so there is some fodder close at hand. I only hope that they are safe from predators. I know they have been living outside, but still I worry. I latched their cages up tight and put heavy rocks on top, just in case. The little guys should be fine, but I will breathe a sigh of relief when they are still there in the morning. It was also cold and raining and a bit windy. While the two solid walls of their cage are oriented to protect them from west and north winds, little Sfingi spent most of her time getting rained on in the open side of the cage. I put a wool blanket on top because I could not help myself. I have a few items to collect before I feel truly settled, but the only thing we really need urgently is fresh hay. That is a task for the morrow! In the mean time they have their pellets and some dried and green forage - parsley, dandelion, witchgrass, sage, oregano, chive, beets, and lilac shoots. Yum!



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