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Dr. Krempels, I recently adopted two male siblings and about a month or 2 after I had them home they started to fight. I really want to keep both rabbits. I have tried many things to get them bonded again but I am always scared they will fight so I do not make things easier for the buns to bond. Do you have any tips? I have tried the tub, the feeding together, the card ride and all seem unsuccessful. I am in Miami, FL. The rescue I adopted it from is overloaded with bunnies otherwise they would rebond them for me.

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Hi, Jessica

Are these boys neutered?  If not, then it's no wonder they started fighting.  First step is to have them both neutered.  Then you can move to step 2.  If they *are* neutered, then let me know, as there are steps one can take to try to re-bond.  But sometimes a broken bond just won't mend.  There are solutions for that, too, so don't give up.

What rescue group did you get the bunnies from?  I'm in Miami, too, and would really like to know if someone is adopting out intact bunnies! :(

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:
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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.

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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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