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leanne wrote at 2007-06-29 13:56:17
Hi there,

i just had to add to this, as i bought my children a rabbit each about a month ago, i was assured that they were 2 girls, i took them to the vet who said i definately had one girl, she wasnt sure about the other and to come back in a few weeks, which lead me up to yesterday, and it was comfirmed that the rabbit is a s/he poor thing, but even more interestingly, this rabbit is my 13 year old daughter's pet, 2 years previously we bought the children a cat each, turned out my daughter had a s/he cat, when i explained this to the vet yesterday the vet said, i am even more sure as this has happened before and coincidences like this are not uncommon.. very strange, but of course we love fluffy to bits, (he was named fluffy when we thought it was a girl), my poor child has more of a complex!

EM wrote at 2016-08-26 03:53:50
We just had our supposedly female rabbit (s/he has a vulva) neutered, as when the vet opened her up they found testes and no uterus!  Crazy I know..

Mark mathis wrote at 2017-01-15 03:06:28
Hey, I have a female rabbit i separatedo from male when had babies nov.15 2016 around put her and babies in a hutch.(babies were 2weeks old) Dec.3rd.2016 ? 2 litters .(sold 1st litter at weeks old.) Then Jan . 12th pulled hair.saw 3 little ones 14th.  Male has not been with them ? Babies are healthy,alive. Confusing?  


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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.


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:

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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.

Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

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Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

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Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology

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