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millivanilli
01-07-2008, 10:13 AM
Hi,

This is my first post on here. I had to talk to someone who'd understand. My 6 month old lionhead doe has gone missing, and I'm completely gutted. She was in the garden yesterday with my three other bunnies, and when I went to bring them in when the rain started she was nowhere to be seen. I have two thoughts - the first is that she's been stolen (which to be honest I don't really see happening, she's a nightmare for us to catch nevermind a stranger), and the other is that she's managed to escape through our back fence. If it is the latter, then there isn't very far for her to go. Behind us is a strip of waste land which isn't very big but is really dense with weeds. Wer tried looking for her in there last night but it was impossible. We do have a hole in the fence that the cat uses to get through, but its a couple of feet off the ground and has never been an issue with the other bunnies. She's a really skitish wee thing and has only really started to trust us over the last couple of weeks. Is it true that rabbits can forget each other if they've been separated for more than a couple of hours? My initial instinct was that she would come back looking for her pals, but the longer its been the more I'm thinking that won't be the case. I've had rabbits for over 12 years, and I love them all dearly. I'm terrified that my own stupidity has resulted in me losing this wee soul :cry:

XMissySJx
01-07-2008, 10:40 AM
im so sorry youve lost your precious bunny :( have you tried putting up posters, ringing round local RSPCA or rescue centres, ring round local vets etc

i hope you find her x

Stator
01-07-2008, 11:02 AM
You could try a large humane trap with some of her favourite food in there to tempt her.

Something like this:
http://www.trapman.co.uk/rabbit-trap-catching-hints.htm

Deelove
01-07-2008, 12:40 PM
oh no, I'm soo sorry. I hope she'll come back.

Don't give up... this thread Nettle (http://forum.rabbitrehome.org.uk/showthread.php?t=128049&highlight=nettle) might give you some hope. :)

millivanilli
01-07-2008, 01:42 PM
im so sorry youve lost your precious bunny :( have you tried putting up posters, ringing round local RSPCA or rescue centres, ring round local vets etc

i hope you find her x

Thanks, I'm going to try putting leaflets through the neighbours doors asking them to look out for her. I feel so guilty because I don't even have a recent photo of her! What kind of mum am I????? I don't think she culd have gotten too far because that land is really enclosed. I'm going to have a rumage through the bushes in a minute.

lilminxlou
01-07-2008, 01:44 PM
good luck, chances are if she's anything like my little fe;lla she will have found something she likes the taste of and is happily sitting there munching through it all x good luck keep us updated x

millivanilli
01-07-2008, 01:45 PM
oh no, I'm soo sorry. I hope she'll come back.

Don't give up... this thread Nettle (http://forum.rabbitrehome.org.uk/showthread.php?t=128049&highlight=nettle) might give you some hope. :)

:wave: Thank you for this, I've just done nothing but cry all morning, but this has made me feel so much better. I've tried putting my two older boys in the garden in the hope that she'll come back to them. I'm terrifed to put my younger boy out in case he tries to follow her. The dog and the cat love the bunnies and the cat could see something in the bushes earlier in a place I couldn't so I'm hoping it was her. Its just so difficult because the undergrowth is so dense and full of brambles that I have no chance of getting in.

Thank you for all your nice messages they've cheered me up a wee bit. :(

Mia
01-07-2008, 01:49 PM
Gosh poor you, I really really hope you find her. A humane trap might be the answer. Also try and look at there at dawn or dusk as this is when bunnies are most active and you must see her hopping around. What surrounds the wasteland, is it other houses? Do you think she has got into another garden??

Best to knock and leave leaflets in ALL surrounding houses.

Very best of luck, please keep us posted! :cry:

hooleyslops
01-07-2008, 01:55 PM
i cant even imagine how you are feeling right now:cry:. i so hope the little one comes back - i have my fingers crossed for you. x

racheld69
01-07-2008, 02:16 PM
:wave: Don't give up hope! I never thought I was going to see Nettle again but didn't give up and then he turned up 4 days later I couldn't believe it! :D They are very good at sitting very still in undergrowth pretty much until you step on them so I'd keep checking the scrub land. Good luck!

millivanilli
01-07-2008, 02:36 PM
:wave:Thank you Rachel, your story about Nettle has really given me hope. I've just been out and had another look, and I'm sure I can here a tiny bit of movement in the undergrowth. I'm just worried that I'm scaring her now, and as you say, I'm terrified of standing on her. She is really small!

I think the humane trap is definitely the way to go. Even if I do see her I'll have no chance of catching her in there!!!

Thank you everyone, you've been a big help xxx :love:

*Spider*
01-07-2008, 02:46 PM
Don't give up hope!
Toffee has gone missing twice.
The first time a neighbour who wa feeding him left the hutch door open and the second was my dad.
I cried and cried and went searching everywhere, soon enough he came back because he got hungry! fat ****!

millivanilli
01-07-2008, 02:59 PM
I've just looked for humane traps on eBay. There are some really nasty people out there :evil: How could anyone want to hurt a bun? :cry:

millivanilli
02-07-2008, 01:21 PM
Well, after spending ages out looking for Willow last night, I finally went to bed after midnight and cried myself to sleep. Evrytime I close my eyes all I can see is her cheeky little face. :cry:

When I woke up this morning I felt a bit more positive. There is no other possible explanation for her dissapearance than escaping into the jungle behind us. I got back from my call at midday and had a wee scout around the garden, and put the furries out to play. I noticed that there are two more huge holes in the fence! where on earth have they come from? Over the winter when the jungle is a bit more tame, we can see the fence and patch it up accordingly (its an old wire fence that existed when the land was part of an old farm road). But the brambles have grown at such a rate on the otherside that we couldn't see it properly and they seem to have busrt through the wire. No wonder she escaped!!! I'm so annoyed because we are in the process of doing up the garden, and the next job on the list was panel fencing for that bit. Its really frustrating, we work so hard at rabbit proofing the garden so that they can get the full run of it, and over the past two years we've been in this house its never been a problem, and the rabbits have had a great life! I really don't want to have to permenantly restrict them to a run, but I don't know that I have any other choice now. I suppose my other choice is to fence off part of the garden as a 'rabbit garden' for the times that we are home and can keep an eye on them.

Anyway, back to Willow: as its obvious that she must be in the jungle, I've gone for the humane trap idea, and have now ordered one. I suppose it'll take a couple of days to arrive, but I'll keep you posted on the results.

Best do some work now, this forum is such a distraction! :love:

bunny mad lisa
02-07-2008, 01:37 PM
I really hope you find her! it must be so hard right now but try not to give up hope!

Emm-Jane76
02-07-2008, 01:39 PM
keep us posted - I have everything crossed for you x

racheld69
02-07-2008, 01:55 PM
good luck and keep looking. and keep checking the garden incase she sneaks back in and sits in a bush or something.

Maizy
02-07-2008, 03:02 PM
Awww good luck, really hope she comes back soon.

Amy & Amber
02-07-2008, 03:23 PM
Good luck I am sending vibes to bring her back to you.

Keep us updated
xx

Maizey
02-07-2008, 04:36 PM
Ive just caught up with this.I really hope that you find Willow

millivanilli
02-07-2008, 04:47 PM
Thank you x Fuzz has been looking intently at the bushes all afternoon, so I really think she's in there somewhere.

FriskyClover
02-07-2008, 04:49 PM
Just seen this.

I hope you find her soon.

FC xx

Neil-and-Maria
02-07-2008, 05:02 PM
I hope she returns home soon - can you do anything else to encourage her to return to your garden?

Maria x

Steph
02-07-2008, 05:08 PM
:wave: Hope you get her back soon :D

kayj
02-07-2008, 05:21 PM
Hope you get her back real soon.

millivanilli
02-07-2008, 06:05 PM
I hope she returns home soon - can you do anything else to encourage her to return to your garden?

Maria x

Hi Maria,

I'm going to go to the supermarket and get the biggest greenest cabbage I can find (her favourite) and try leaving some around and see how that goes. We've got a cctv camera on the garden too and I just keep sitting in the office watching it intently.

D x

bunbuns
02-07-2008, 06:05 PM
I really hope she comes home soon.

Good luck xxx

bunny babe
02-07-2008, 07:45 PM
I hope she sees the cabbage and comes home soon. Do you have anything that you can shake like food bowl or something to encourage her.

I have a some of the pineapple/papaya treats in a plastic container and shake that when I have difficulty getting mine in - it sure gets their attention.

bunlover
02-07-2008, 07:54 PM
good luck with finding her... i assume they were free range in the garden? when you get her back you will have to board up that naughty hole!!!! also definatly try the food in a humane trap that is likely to work..and keep an eye out at dawn and dusk buns favourite time of munching... also put posters and leaflets up they are such anughty bunsters!!! my dora escaped by jumping over a 2ft fence and by pushing over a 3ft one!!
(she is fine and safe now with all fences secured!!!) so dont despair they always try it if they think they can...to help pher get back in i would try putting bricks to make a step up into the hole and back again like a ramp so its easier if she wants to get back? good luck xx

ambers mummy
02-07-2008, 07:56 PM
hope you find her soon

millivanilli
02-07-2008, 11:13 PM
:wave: She's home! I sent Paul out for cabbage and carrots, and when he came back she was sitting in the garden eating the bowl of food I left out.

The only problem is, she was obviously really scared. She kept thumping at us and running away. Paul finally managed to get her to take some cabbage and lifted her while she was eating. She went crazy!!! :cry: She even started screaming! I've never heard anything like it, it was really heart breaking. He didn't grab her hard, and she didn't have any obvious injuries, so I can only guess that she was terrified!!! When he passed her over to me she seemed to relax a bit. Its really weird because she's always been so much better with Paul than me. She's not spayed yet and was really just starting to trust us. I think we can safely say that trust is completely broken now! I brought her into the house for a bit and she seemed to relax and ate some more cabbage. I then put her in the shed in the peace and quiet and I'll check on her in a little while.

There are usually loads of cats in amongst those bushes, so I'm wondering if maybe she's got a bit of a fright. I now have her and I still feel awful! I'm so relieved that she's ok, but I'm also so worried that she doesn't like being here.

God, what do I sound like, you'd think I was a kid. I know I couldn't leave her where she was, but I just feel so guilty.

charlie82
02-07-2008, 11:16 PM
excellent news!!

Don't feel bad about the screaming...it is more likely that she was just a little freaked out by everything so it was a natural reaction to being picked up. I have one bun who will scream if I try to go and get her in from the garden if she knows my dog is around. I have to say my dog isn't the least interested in the bunnies but she is naturally frightened of him so I just keep him away from her. It's a horrible thing to hear!

millivanilli
02-07-2008, 11:22 PM
excellent news!!

Don't feel bad about the screaming...it is more likely that she was just a little freaked out by everything so it was a natural reaction to being picked up. I have one bun who will scream if I try to go and get her in from the garden if she knows my dog is around. I have to say my dog isn't the least interested in the bunnies but she is naturally frightened of him so I just keep him away from her. It's a horrible thing to hear!


Thank you so much for this!!! :love: I've had rabbits for 12 years, and I've never heard that. I always thought they only did it if they were in pain. She is a very vocal bunny anyway, very growly so that makes sense. You've set my mind at rest, I thought we'd really scarred her!

Lspacehopper
02-07-2008, 11:26 PM
Congratulations on getting her back!! :)

Just bear in mind that if there are wild buns in the vicinity, she might be pregnant as she hasn't been neutered!

capel
02-07-2008, 11:28 PM
Congratulations on getting her back!! :)

Just bear in mind that if there are wild buns in the vicinity, she might be pregnant as she hasn't been neutered!

Just what I was thinking. It might be an idea to take her in for her spay now. I'm so glad she's come home to you...she obviously knows which side her bread's buttered!!:lol:

millivanilli
02-07-2008, 11:29 PM
Thank you. I know I can't be certain, but this peice of land is right in the middle of a housing estate, and we've never seen wild bunnies around, but I will bear it in mind.

We've just realised that with all the excitement we'd left the poor dog out in the dark for the last hour and a half!!!:?

millivanilli
02-07-2008, 11:31 PM
Yeah, it was about time we did it anyway. I'm going to give the vet a call first thing. :shock:

Emm-Jane76
03-07-2008, 12:05 AM
I am so, so pleased she is back where she belongs! x:D

Stator
03-07-2008, 01:04 AM
Yay she came back :D

Maizey
03-07-2008, 07:46 AM
Im so glad you have got her back safe and well.Its so nice to have a happy ending

racheld69
03-07-2008, 08:57 AM
great news! :D so happy for you. am sure after all that time out alone she must have been prettty scared and wound up so that is why she screamed. good idea, I'd defo get her neutered.

bunbuns
03-07-2008, 09:12 AM
Yay!!!

I'm so glad she's home :D

karen354
03-07-2008, 09:17 AM
So glad she's home :D:D

Lindt bunny
03-07-2008, 09:18 AM
Phew! So, so pleased.:D

K x

drpengie
03-07-2008, 10:24 AM
Aww good news that she is home. I'd definitely get her neutered, and making your garden bunny proof might be an idea!!!

SOAD
03-07-2008, 10:48 AM
I missed this, but this is great :D

louise and Gus
03-07-2008, 10:51 AM
Aw great news...if she didn't want to be with you she wouldn't have come home :D :D :D Poor little thning has had quite an ordeal :shock:

hooleyslops
03-07-2008, 10:52 AM
fantastic news - i am so glad she is now home x x

lisa82
03-07-2008, 06:12 PM
Yay, I'm so glad you have her back :D

monkeypuzzler
03-07-2008, 06:17 PM
Yay! I love a happy ending!

Jayney
03-07-2008, 06:38 PM
so happy you got her back:D

millivanilli
03-07-2008, 07:02 PM
Thank you everyone for your lovely messages. They made me feel so much better :love:

fluffiebunnie
03-07-2008, 07:05 PM
Happy ending :D:D:D

kimsey
03-07-2008, 07:13 PM
oh no i hope you find her safe and well very soon, (((HUGS)))

NickieM
03-07-2008, 07:21 PM
You must be so relieved. It's a horrible feeling knowing they are out their alone especially at night.

We had a previous bunny who escaped and lived totally free range in the garden for a week before we could tempt her back into her hutch. She then did it again! However, even though she could have got out and away, she hung around the garden. I think she knew where her dinner came from!