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Hi, I rescued a mature female bunny about 3 weeks ago....I already hav a mature female now blind. I kept them apart fr about 10 da, slow,y introduced but new bunny keeps escaping my back yard and going next door when she is free ranging during the day. Fixed the fence ad fixed the fence.....they ave sep sleeping as that didn't work....... What can I do to make my new bunny stay in bunny heaven a my place.

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Dear Lang,

I would recommend keeping her inside.  If she is still escaping, you obviously have not completely bunny-proofed the area, so she goes to where the grass is greener.  

You could make your yard more appealing by finding out what it is she likes so much over there and planting some in your garden.  Grass?  Cover?  Shade?  Water?  Making your yard into an oasis will help.

But to keep her safe, the best option is to keep her inside with you until you can completely bunny-proof the yard by digging a 24" concrete footer at the base of the fence, and predator-proofing at the top.  Until then, all bets are off.

I hope this helps.

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)

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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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