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Rabbit Rhythm #025 - Preventing dead rabbits, symbiosis, and more
February 23, 2012
Rabbit Rhythms of March
Spring is finally here!
With the rabbit world bursting with new life, predators around the globe are about to find a lot more prey hopping and darting about. By the time they would have been 12 weeks old, 75% of wild rabbits will have given their lives to feed predators on the wing and predators on paws.
There’s another predator that stalks through the rabbit barn...you and me.
Some of us 'human predators' dedicate a lot of time and tender love to our herds and flocks. This is exactly what makes the relationship between humans and our barnyard animals a symbiotic one.
Humans need to eat animals as critically as do the eagles, coyotes, and feral feline predators. We’re omnivores, which does NOT mean we can do without a certain amount of animal protein. A quick look at a human and carnivore digestive system makes this very clear. Yep, only one stomach, and the digestion occurs in the stomach, not in subsequent segments of the digestive system such as the 4th stomach in cows or the large cecum in rabbits.
Survival instincts drive humans into the mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships we have formed with our domestic animals.
Symbiosis is when two dissimilar species gain mutual benefit from a relationship.
We were amazed to discover a myriad of symbiotic relationships between dissimilar species, all obtaining mutual benefits from the relationships, so we wrote a whole article on Animal Symbiotic Relationships.
It is unbelievingly amazing how many instances of symbiosis exist across the global ecosystem. Here’s just a few:
Literally thousands of similar symbiotic relationships between two different species of animals and/or plants exist around the world. Even this list of symbiotic relationships doesn't scratch the surface of them all.
Is there anything immoral about using animals and animal products? Not at all. Must humans become vegans? Absolutely not.
Your doe just had a lovely litter of eight bouncy kits. They’re growing by leaps and bounds. But then one day a week later you find the doe inexplicably dead in the cage.
We’re describing Young Doe Syndrome. Sudden Rabbit Death can occur in young lactating does, but not always. Learn more at Rabbit Diseases.
Two other situations can result in sudden rabbit death:
It is very difficult to prevent a death that comes without any preceding symptoms.
In this case, a little bit of prevention is worth more
than a pound of cure. It's always a good idea to feed grass hay regularly to all your rabbits, which may help to keep your rabbit's intestinal flora well balanced, its intestines operating smoothly, and therefore the immune system optimized.
Rabbits in the NewsA sheep-herding rabbit?? Yep, especially if you live in Sweden!
It’s so hilarious, that if you missed the post on our RaisingRabbits Facebook page, we thought we’d also include it here:
The latest news from South Australia is that rabbits are currently at plague levels ...
This is because Australia's feral domestic rabbits are becoming immune to the various diseases the nation has released in Australia that initially decimated the population.
Farmers are strongly encouraged to do whatever they can to reduce the rabbit population, including shooting to kill and ripping open nests.
How many homeless and hungry people could 30,000,000 rabbits feed...?
Like this newsletter?Maybe your friends would too...
Your friends at Raising-Rabbits.com wish you a wonderful March.
Enjoy your rabbits!
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