|We is sleeping|
I would like to beat those odds, but two days ago, I could see I might not. The littles were skinny and a bit dehydrated.
|We is STILL sleeping|
So I did what anyone would do--I went to mama.
Not my mama, though, she doesn't know what to do with bunnies. I went to Daphne, THEIR mama, and brought her in to nurse them. I thought that maybe, just maybe there was a chance that they weren't rejected totally, but instead she had been booting them out in mistake. She can't really see, so perhaps they were "casualties" of her going in and out of the nest and not seeing the babies falling out. I was hoping, though, if I could kind of hold onto her, that maybe I could just have her nurse them, if she'd be willing.
Thankfully, she was willing. She knew exactly what to do, though the first time I had to hold her still for longer than she would have liked, and bribed her with an apple to keep her in one place. Since then, she's been more patient with waiting for them to eat, and has been letting them nurse a little better.
I have to hold her still, and she steps all over them all the time. It's become apparent to me that Daphne is blind, probably completely, because all she does is react by smell. When she gets in the nest box, it's all a mishmash of smells and she's like a bull in a china shop and she stands all over everyone. Luckily those babies are squirmy, and they move to be in position, but I still have to lift her off someone from time to time. But she stands somewhat patiently, and the babies usually have big tummies when she's finally had it. If they don't, I supplementally feed them with what I have.
|Sleeping pile o' bunnies|
We've been doing this twice a day so far, and it seems to be going ok. I have also discovered that little bunnies LOVE grape Pedialyte, so that's a good thing. If they get really dehydrated (and they have been), I grape Pedialyte them up and they are so happy. They slurp and slurp. I've also changed over to a modified insulin syringe to feed them, and that seems to be better for them as well.
So, like many things, we wait and see and hope. Two of the three have opened their eyes, which I take as a good sign that we're developing normally. I'm sure the third will follow soon.
I'll keep you posted!