Mack & Karlie
Update November 1, 2008: Mack and Karlie have been adopted!
Mack & Karlie's Video
Mack and Karlie came to Rabbit Rescue
on December 7th, 2006. They were to be put to sleep at a shelter
after being surrendered by their previous owners. Rabbit Rescue
got them out in the nick of time. Karlie was immediately spayed
and both were treated for a bladder infection with a course of
antibiotics. They were also treated for skin parasites. Mack
had incredible swelling and had been literally pulling his fur out.
A couple of months later Rabbit Rescue had very large bladder stones
removed from Mack, and because of this he will need to be on a low
calcium diet for life to prevent reoccurrence.
All this means is that he needs to stick with hay and pellets
that are pure timothy with no alfalfa. Oxbow has these.
They are a bonded pair they must
be adopted together. They are always snuggling and grooming each
other, and obviously very much in love. Mack is the black/white
bunny, Karlie is brown/white. Although Mack tends to be the more
animated of the two when you're in the room, with impressive binkies and
lots of nudging, its Karlie that really turns on the charm in front of
the camera! Hence, the cute video's I've captured below.
Mack is a friendly and adventurous
bunny. He loves to be pet and will nudge you for attention.
We believe his hearing is not good because we can walk right up to him
when he’s snoozing or turned away from us and he doesn’t notice
until we pet him and then he springs up to get more pets (and see if
we’re holding any treats!). His eyesight is affected by a
cataract in one eye. It does not hurt him and does not need
medical treatment but it does affect his vision. In spite of all
this, he has no fear of exploring new
surroundings and is friendly with everyone.
being vacuumed with the Dustbuster.
Karlie, is a bit more timid and
reserved. She took a little longer to warm up to us but she is
very friendly now. She loves to crawl right into her hay bin and
roll around. If we can’t find her we look to the hay bin for
For treats, they love banana and
apple especially, but also apple chunks and oat groats. Mack
practically inhales his and then he goes after Karlie’s treats, as she
tends to eat slower and actually taste her food. They love all
sorts of vegetables including romaine lettuce, dandelion, baby carrots,
Belgian endive and herbs such as cilantro, parsley and dill.
Mack and Karlie are not caged.
They have a large rec room in the basement to call their own. They
are well behaved with only a small amount of chewing we found at the
bottom the sofas. Their litterbox habits were not so good in
the beginning because of the infections but they are very good now.
With the warm weather back this past
summer, we brought them outside to enjoy the fresh air. They love
eating the grass and when we pick up the x-pen sides we find a perfect
square area of eaten grass. They fertilize at no extra
charge. If you move the x-pen so they can start on a new patch of
grass you’ll never mow your lawn again!
I had to figure out a more secure way
of setting up my NIC fencing to keep these two little escape artists in
their area. Mack made it out one day and then he sprung his
girlfriend too! I couldn't figure out how he did it but I went
downstairs when I heard odd noises and found them by the washer and
dryer, which is the fenced off area they aren't supposed to be
able to access. The fence didn't look like it had been moved so I
couldn't see how they got out. Back they went into their area.
I set up the video camera to motion record, blocked off the stairs just
in case and went to bed. In the morning I reviewed the video clips
and somehow, they were managing to squeeze themselves through, what is
that, a 2" gap? This is bizarre. I should have called