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Hello ,
I have got a new baby bunny around one month back,from the day 1 he started to lick us but when my friend came to home & she patted her,bunny started to lick her also.Although he remains with me in most of the part of day,he licks my brother more?

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Dear Prateeksha,

Bunnies lick to show affection, and there's no telling whom a bunny will choose to bestow his/her love.  Since your bunny is so loving to everyone, it's a GOOD thing.  You need not be jealous.  She has enough love to go around.

For all the best information on caring for your new pal, please go to:

http://www.rabbit.org

A good place to start is:

http://www.rabbit.org/care/new-bunny-index.html

Note that many baby bunnies from pet stores are actually too young to be weaned, and can be very susceptible to intestinal infections that can be fatal.  Please read this:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/poop.html

to be aware of what to look for and what to do if you see *any* sign of lethargy or runny stool.

Good luck!

Dana

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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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.

...it is an EMERGENCY.

Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

If you have found a wild baby rabbit, please read these EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR WILD BABY RABBITS and then use this link to FIND A LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR who can give you the right advice.


RULE #2:
Help me help you! Please make your subject line informative if you have an urgent question. then LET ME KNOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE so I can give your question highest priority over non-urgent questions. If you don't do this, then I can't guarantee timely assistance!

For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

Experience

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
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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