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Stator
15-08-2013, 10:59 PM
This video is great for showing just how a mother rabbit in the wild would look after her babies. It's not a wild rabbit, but it looks like one living in a free range style habitat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0t_u_SGMEc

Mirth
15-08-2013, 11:13 PM
Oh wow that's cool! Never seen anything like it before, nor did I know that rabbit mums block the holes up.

Captain Helen
15-08-2013, 11:16 PM
Wow! I've never seen a bun fill in a hole and pat it down like that before. And the babies going back into the burrow were so cute :love:

Kermit
15-08-2013, 11:25 PM
What an intelligent wee mummy bunny!

moi
15-08-2013, 11:35 PM
Now I need to learn from a bunny mummy how to get them home like that cos mine wont have none of it once they are out! lol x

Hele
15-08-2013, 11:53 PM
Awww wow :love:

She is a super mum :love: the care she put into that, she was so delicate with it all :love: unusually for me I fell for the mum more than the babies! :shock: they were very very cute but that mum.....

Bless her heart :love::love::love:

Fellie
16-08-2013, 12:29 AM
Amazing... mum was lovely... and so intent on her job. What a great video.

Fifibutton
16-08-2013, 01:12 AM
What an amazing mummy, by the time she had finished I could barely tell where the hole had been and the babies were very cute. I couldn't believe how many there were :shock:

esupi
16-08-2013, 07:20 AM
I saw something similar on Spring watch last year - I'm sure they said it was called a 'stop' and in that case the mummy had done it because she hadn't been allowed to give birth inside the warren.
I wonder what the babies do underground all day?

Jojo123
16-08-2013, 07:58 AM
Great video! Did anyone watch the UK giant rabbit one on the video thread by it? That's the biggest bunny ive ever seen :shock:

Georgeypudding
16-08-2013, 09:23 AM
that's incredible :shock:

Stator
16-08-2013, 10:03 AM
Great video! Did anyone watch the UK giant rabbit one on the video thread by it? That's the biggest bunny ive ever seen :shock:

Unfortunately there are some people who try and breed deliberately huge rabbits. Usually it's bad for the rabbits health and sometimes they use inbreeding :(

Jojo123
16-08-2013, 10:55 AM
Unfortunately there are some people who try and breed deliberately huge rabbits. Usually it's bad for the rabbits health and sometimes they use inbreeding :(

How do you breed them bigger? That's awful is that why giant rabbits only live to about 5?

Persie
16-08-2013, 09:28 PM
Awwwwwww that was a truly amazing video :D it just shows how intelligent rabbits are! :love:

Stator
16-08-2013, 10:39 PM
How do you breed them bigger? That's awful is that why giant rabbits only live to about 5?

By finding the two biggest rabbits you can and breeding them together. Then out of their babies you pick the biggest to breed and so on and so forth. Apparently giants don't have big enough hearts to compensate for their huge size :(

Elena
16-08-2013, 10:57 PM
Quite incredible that she fed them out in the open with risk of predators.

tulsi
17-08-2013, 12:32 PM
Beautiful video.

little-laura
17-08-2013, 02:04 PM
ive never seen them pat down the ground like that before thats some awesome motherly instinct

Inimical Me
17-08-2013, 02:51 PM
Amazing :love:. There was something like this on Springwatch with a wild rabbit. A member of the public had filmed something similar in their garden and submitted it. If the mother rabbit isn't in a warren for whatever reason, they will dig a hole for their babies and cover them up. They come back to feed them once or twice a day and then cover them up again :love:.

Vanessa.B
17-08-2013, 03:58 PM
For three years on the trot we had a mum dig one of these burrows in our back garden about 10 feet from the kitchen window. I was completely bemused by her behaviour in filling the entrance in but then was very lucky to actually see the babes emerge from entrance. Thank you for answering the question as to why the babies burrow was in our garden and not out in the fields. The burrow was in exactly the same place for those three years, I do wonder if it was the same mum each year or just a complete coincidence.

little-laura
17-08-2013, 04:40 PM
For three years on the trot we had a mum dig one of these burrows in our back garden about 10 feet from the kitchen window. I was completely bemused by her behaviour in filling the entrance in but then was very lucky to actually see the babes emerge from entrance. Thank you for answering the question as to why the babies burrow was in our garden and not out in the fields. The burrow was in exactly the same place for those three years, I do wonder if it was the same mum each year or just a complete coincidence.

I did read somewhere they will burrow in the same place sometimes if they know its safe. So she obviously felt safe enough to come back again and again if it was her :)