Rabbit Ate Baby
My year old French Lop doe had her second litter yesterday. She has been a GREAT mom even with her first time. My question is:
She had one REW kit who was half the size of all the others. This morning, he was missing. I looked around and found that she had eaten him. I don't blame her, because that's nature's course. But, I was wondering what made her do that? He wasn't a peanut I wouldn't think. Do you think she ate him because he was so tiny?
Thanks, Grace***** Karen Sez *****
Was the tiny REW just missing and you're guessing about the doe eating it? Or, was its half-eaten carcass lying around as evidence?
It's very hard to give a rationale for rabbit behavior most of the time, because we don't think like rabbits and because we don't have all the information usually.
In my experience, when a kit dies on its own, the doe ignores it, and it gets shuffled to the back of the nest, where it will rot if not removed. We do find half-chewed kits occasionally, but these would have died during the kindling process, and the doe is likely to eat it as a security measure, so as not to attract predators.
I hope other rabbit breeders with similar experiences will add their insights here.
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