Buttons was the first of this family to arrive, he came here in 2007 when the care home for children who had him were disillusioned that none of the children looked after him properly and it was left to the staff to feed and clean him. Buttons it has to be said was in good condition when he arrived but was, like most rabbits whose life is contained in a small hutch, bored. He seemed delighted with the large if lonesome run that he found himself in on arrival here. Not very long after Buttons arrival Mossburn was rung by a Dumfries veterinary practice to say a domestic rabbit had been handed in as it was found wandering about a housing estate.
Efforts had been made to locate an owner but to no avail so could we take her on; as she had no name and was destined to live with Buttons we called her Cinders. Rabbits are territorial and you have to be careful about introducing new rabbits into another’s territory but Buttons appeared very pleased to welcome Cinders into his home. And not very long after her arrival lo and behold Cinders produced two babies, poor Buttons was rushed off to the vet to have “the operation” only for it to be discovered he already had!!
It became obvious when the baby rabbits grew up that Cinders had had a liaison with a wild rabbit during her wanderings! We had one boy baby and one girl so they became Prince and Drusilla, who for those of you who don’t know was one of the ugly sisters. Unfortunately the door into the rabbits pen was left open one day and they all escaped, we never saw Drusilla again but Prince keeps in touch and likes to have food put out for him in a quiet corner, he has lots of wild rabbit friends and is happy not to be “contained” which is what being a half wild rabbit is all about, they do not take kindly to captivity.