2 Girl Rabbits... But now One is a Boy (Surprise)
by Taylor M
So I got two Netherland Dwarfs from a pet store.
They told me they were sisters but recently the bigger girl (Ana) began mounting and humping the smaller girl (Elsa).
Elsa never tried to get away from Ana and I assumed that she was asserting dominance.
I had read online that sometimes female rabbits will mount others when they are becoming sexually mature. I just began separating them and Ana would try a few more times and then stop.
Both are not 13 weeks old!!!
Today Elsa began making noises like squeaking, honking and growling. I ran over to see what was going on and Ana was jumping Elsa.
I separated them and Elsa continued to make noises anytime Ana or I got close to her. This made me concerned and I decided to check to make sure Ana's lady parts were in fact, LADY PARTS. To my horrified surprise Ana has testicles.
I feel as if my little bunny world has flipped within a matter of minutes.
Is it possible my once female (but I guess never was) rabbit has now impregnated her/his sister? I don't even know what to call Ana now that he's a boy!
Anytime I get close to Elsa she begins growling at me which is new. She's never been very friendly towards me. Any way my baby is pregnant?
I'm not sure if I'm imaging things now but he tummy seems wider and she does not have her trim hip line anymore. ***** Karen Sez *****
Yeah, this scenario has played out thousands of times the world over, when bunny-boys are mis-identified as bunny-girls.
Of all the rabbit breeds, the smaller ones seem to mature earliest, and Dwarfs are very small. 13 weeks of age is very young to be impregnated, but Elsa is sure showing signs of pregnancy.
I just don't know if her growling displeasure is because she is already pregnant, or because she wished to discourage her brother. Gotta say, I'm guessing the former.
You'd best prepare for kits within 3-4 weeks, just in case.
If you need resources beyond what you find on this website, we suggest either or both of these:
Book: Rabbit Raising Problem Solver
E-Book: Rabbit Reproduction
Your world really isn't so upside down. If you end up with baby rabbits, you can find homes for them, and then find a way to deal with a male and female rabbit. Two separate cages works well.
Best of luck with everything!