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Image JPEG image Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease
Located in Media / / Viral diseases / RHD
Image JPEG image RHD: Insect vectors
There are many ways that RHD can be spread. Insects can feed on blood from carcases and the virus can pass through the digestive system and be present on 'fly-spots' that can contaminate plants. The insect in this case is a greenbottle (Lucilia caesar).
Located in Media / / Viral diseases / RHD
Image JPEG image Rabbits and houseplants
This is my conservatory that contains a wide range of houseplants. The plants are intended to be out of reach of the rabbits that live in there. Most of the rabbits I have kept have left the plants alone but there has been a wide variation between individual rabbits' appetite for houseplants. Some have jumped up to chew bark from the citrus trees, so leaf guards have been necessary. Some plants have been nibbled but most have never been touched. Over the years, many rabbits have lived in my conservatory and none have shown any ill effects from the plants. However, my rabbits are offered a wide range of edible plants. Fruit tree branches and hay are always available so there is no need to attack the plants.
Located in Media / / DIET / PLANT TOXICITY
Image text/texmacs Companionship
The companionship of other rabbits is important to rabbits, but neutering is essential to prevent pregnancy and aggression. The rabbits in the picture lived as a bonded trio for many years. There are two neutered males with a spayed female hand-reared wild rabbit. There are some occasions when rabbits may live without a companion. Examples include pet rabbits, especially entire males, that are closely bonded to their owner and receive a lot of attention. Loss of one of a bonded pair in a household that does not want to keep rabbits forever is another situation. Some older females can be difficult to bond again and seem to enjoy their own company.
Located in Media / Images / Behaviour