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Old 03-11-2016, 01:46 PM   #1
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Yesterday my rabbit, Lily had 4 babies. I keep checking on them to make sure they're alive and not cold or anything. I just checked on them...only 3 there?! I'm assuming she's eaten it...but why? I just can't wrap my head around why she would eat it...

Has anyone got any experience with this?
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Old 03-11-2016, 02:46 PM   #2
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Is she young? I've had a very young rabbit (accidental litter) eat them in the first couple of days.
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:05 PM   #3
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Is she young? I've had a very young rabbit (accidental litter) eat them in the first couple of days.
She's six months old now so a good age for breeding. I think the kit may have died as it was grayer and less active than the others
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:17 PM   #4
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She probably knew better than you that the kit was not necessarily going to live that well.Mothers really do know best sometimes,and while it is sad hopefully the others have a great life and stay healthy and strong!
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:38 AM   #5
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Don't disturb the nest/mum. Like hamsters, if they are disturbed often or stressed they can kill/eat the babies. Wait until the babies leave the nest before any touching/handling.

If you had the male in with her when she gave birth then she may be pregnant again as once the last baby is born the adults will usually mate again.
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