A Very Bunny Existence

Life with a husband and 3 bunnies.

The New Shelf

Wednesday night, the bunnies were playing and lounging around in their usual bunny way.  During the course of the evening, Crispin fell THREE times attempting to jump up on the shelf in their NIC pen.

It’s a bit hard to see here, but it’s the only picture I have of their NIC cage at the moment.  Both buns jump up onto the white shelf and sometimes try jumping from the green shelf to the white shelf.  Crispin fell trying to do both of these jumps at various times Wednesday evening.

Over the last few months, we’ve seen both bunnies not quite make the jump, but it’s been pretty few and far between.  After seeing Crispin fall three times, though, in one night, we knew we had to do something.  In order to prevent the trans-shelf crossings, we added another panel to connect the green and white shelves.  Now there could be no jumping from one shelf to the other, and jumping from the floor up should be easier, too.

The bunnies are IN LOVE with their new shelf.  Yesterday, Matt watched them trade off who was sleeping on the new shelf and pushing each other around to try to claim the shelf for themselves.  Our bunnies are so courteous to each other.  Anyway, here’s some shots of the two sleeping peacefully together on their new pen addition:

Crispin had stretched out first, but then Junie came along and saw that there was plenty of room for two.

Snuggle buns.

New Shelf SnugglingSo cozy on their new shelf.

I’m not sure if they just like it because it’s new or if they particularly like the positioning of this shelf.  Either way, they are definitely enjoying themselves!

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A Bunny (Nearly) Escapes and Several Cute Pictures

The time:  6:15 a.m. on Saturday morning.
The place:  our living room.
The people:  just me.
The reason:  restless night of sleep and the need for a tissue.
What happened:  In what was just supposed to be a quick trip out to the living room for a tissue, I witnessed Nibbles do something he’s never done before.  I went over to his cage and said “hello.”  He stood up on his back feet and JUMPED up onto the top of Crispin and Junie’s pen.  In this old picture, you can see where he jumped up to:

The two panels to the right of Junie is what he hopped onto.

Now, thankfully, Crispin and Junie’s pen is totally enclosed on the top (otherwise, they’d be jumping out).  If it wasn’t, Nibbles would have been able to get into their space and that would have meant a lot of flying fur and bloody noses, no doubt.

Anyway, I quickly covered Nibbles’ eyes while I tried to think what to do.  I knew if I tried to pick him up, he would try to scramble away from me and I didn’t want his feet to get caught in the panel spaces.  He started jerking his head around trying to get my hand off.  I decided to let go since he was getting agitated.  He quickly spun around and hopped back down into his pen.  I gave him food to distract him while I went to get Matt.  So much for sleeping in on Saturday…

We had two spare panels, so they’re now installed to make Nibbles’ pen three panels high:

new panels

He hasn’t tried to jump it again, but he has gone up on his back legs to check it out.  Hopefully this will deter any further escape attempts.

N escapeThe newest escape artist.

He’s never tried to jump over his pen before, so we never put extra panel height on it.  I always thought he could jump it if he wanted to, but I figured he just wasn’t the jumping type.  Apparently now he is.  *sigh*

Anyway, here are several pictures I took over the last few days that don’t really have a story behind them…they’re just cute.

N wetRemember how Nibbles likes to lick the sheets?  He’s still at it.

Why go around when I can go over?

Crispin doesn’t seem to mind.

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Home of the Bunnies

I admit it.  Our rabbits are spoiled.

It didn’t start out that way.  Nibbles began his life here with us in a modest pet-store sized cage with a bit of run around space outside.  See?

cageInside his cage.

cageNot much space.

But rabbit habitats (or rabbitats, if you will) have a way of…growing.

Before long, Nibbles had expanded into a true bunny palace:

palaceThe Palatial Bunny Mansion (side view)

palace cageThe Palatial Bunny Mansion (front view)

Keep in mind, this is before the Junie-era.  After Junie had come along and outgrown the pet store cage/run around space, we built an addition for her and moved things around a bit:

 Junie's cageJunie surveys her kingdom.

Her area is the 3×3 grid space in the foreground, plus the third story level that she’s sitting in in the picture.  Another angle:

junie palace 2

So, in other words, Nibbles’ area is the large, green-sheeted area in the back.  Junie has access to the striped- and blue-sheeted areas.  They love their mansions.  When new bunny comes to join Junie, he’ll join her in her space.  I’m glad we’re able to give them so much space.  They really do love it!

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