Question I would like to ask a question. I have 2 baby bunnies, about a week old. Their eyes are slightly open. They are active but have big bellies that is why they cannot jump. What should I do? Should I remove them from their mama? Thank you for your response.
Answer Dear Louise,
I am sorry for the delay, which was due to a very sad death in my family.
Are the babies all right? If the mother is not stimulating them to urinate/defecate, they may be backed up, and you might have to help them. Instructions can be found here:
But sometimes babies are born with congenital abnormalities that prevent them from defecating, and this can be a fatal disorder. I hope this is not what has happened to your babies.
DO NOT remove them from mama. Their only hope of survival would be with her, as long as she is caring for them. If she isn't, then the instructions above can help you save them. But by now, Nature has undoubtedly given you the answer.
I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:
RULE #1: THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.
If your rabbits is LETHARGIC
If your rabbit is NOT EATING
If your rabbit is PHYSICALLY INJURED (including broken bones)
I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years.
I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM.
I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.
Organizations Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president
National House Rabbit Society (Board member)
Publications Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide
Education/Credentials Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English
Awards and Honors Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology