View Full Version : confused...rabbit genetics!

12-04-2010, 07:10 PM
can two black otters have an orange harlequin?

The rescue babies that we've taken in are (given that the women wasn't good on sexing) the result of two black otters. 5 lovely black babies in the nest which I think will take after mum and dad....the biggest is orange and looks like he/she might have stripes although I'm not looking to close as I don't want to disturb the nest too much. babies probably born on tuesday.

Anyone with knowledge on rabbit genetics want to clue me in...I'm dying of curiosity.

12-04-2010, 07:30 PM
You have more black otters? What are you trying to do to me?? I love black otters. :love:

12-04-2010, 07:40 PM
somewhere in the past family there would of been an orange bunny probably and thats where its come from. i think genetic traits can pass over generations before they show up again :?

12-04-2010, 07:53 PM
Its most likely that both parents carried the recessive gene for that colour so it wont appear too often:) There will have been a bunny of that colour at some point in the line

(sorry i'm specialising in genetics :lol:)

12-04-2010, 08:37 PM
well thats what I thought but the harlequin is a different sort of gene to the black otter I think the otter on A and the harlequin on E but both I think are recessive so I was wondering what random combination meant you could have black otters and quins...if thats what he/she's going to be...at the moment more orange and slightly striped black/brown splodges.

12-04-2010, 08:43 PM
You have more black otters? What are you trying to do to me?? I love black otters. :love:

yup - At least 3, two mums and a dad who's been called beckham because of his ball skills :lol::lol: can't split the mums from the babies as not 100% sure which is mum or if they both are. Both very protective of the nest and licking and grooming babies. Could be two separate litters as two babies seem to be a bit further behind (although not struggling) and the smallest died before I could pick them up. One mum definately looks more rounded than the other and if either were to drop again I would have thought it would be her BUT she is the one who is most worried about the nest! I don't want to do any prodding and poking of mums to see if there are any babies coming along in the next few days as they've had quite a stressful week and I don't want to add to it.

12-04-2010, 08:46 PM
Glad the little wrigglers are still doing ok Lucy :wave: