Question Can floppy eared rabbits survive freezing temperature?
Answer Dear Hector,
No type of rabbit--lop or up-eared--can survive freezing temperatures without strong protection. A rabbit left outside without shelter will die when it gets very cold, and suffer terribly.
Please NEVER leave a rabbit outdoors if the temperature is any lower than about 40 Farenheit. And below 50 Farenheit, the bunny needs a secure, warmed shelter where he can go and snuggle in dry, warm bedding and warm up if he gets too cool.
The best, safest place for a bunny in the winter is *indoors* with the family. I don't think any human family members would like to spend the night outside in the freezing winter--even well dressed. Your rabbit is no different. DO NOT leave him outside when it's cold.
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