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On October 22nd, the dreams of many Lionhead breeders and other breeders came true. Almost 10 years of hard work put into developing the breed finally payed off: the Lionhead has been officially accepted by the A.R.B.A (American Rabbit Breeders Association)! However, nothing will truly be official until February 1st, 2014.
Lionheads have really had a tough road faced with challenges to their recognition. Breeders first took their shot at developing Continue reading
It is now that time of year; finally! It is the time for rabbit breeders to start heading on down to the A.R.B.A 2013 Pennsylvania Convention!It will be held on its 90th anniversary in Harrisburg, PA, on October 19-23rd. Families are leaving around this time from their home states to compete among hundreds of breeders. The event will take place within a Farm Show Complex. Rabbitlife101 will not be able to attend this year, but we do wish the best to all breeders attending. Good luck to all and have a safe trip!
The September “Rabbit of the Month” has been chosen! This month, the winner is a Flemish Giant named “Copper”. Go check him out! Also remember to enter in the October contest!
View “Copper” Here!
Here’s the special announcement as mentioned in the last post: we have an exciting new member to the Rabbitlife101 family! His name is “Baxter”, and he is a 3 month old Flemish Giant. Baxter was found on Craislist, and actually has turned out to be an amazing show rabbit. He is fawn in color, and is gentle towards humans, but extremely aggressive towards other rabbits. Give him a warm welcome!
Here is another site update! We have:
- Removed the long menu of the “Breed Guide” breeds, and have further converted them to PDFs.
- We have added the “Rate Yourself as a Bunny Owner” page.
We are now working on more “Showing” information, and also plan to add to the “New to Rabbits?” section. We also will give a special announcement soon this week!
The August “Rabbit of the Month” has been chosen! This month, the winner is a young Dutch named “Blackberry”. Look at that, we have to Dutch winners in a row!
View “Blackberry” Here!
Why does my rabbit flip-out when I pick him/her up? Good question, and an interesting topic too. We are now on the topic of “behavior”, as you can guess. This whole “freaking-out” thing is easy to explain if you apply to any of these:
- You pick the rabbit up by the scruff or the neck
- You pick the rabbit up by the mid-section
- You pick the rabbit up any other way without supporting the hind legs
If you look above, you may notice all of the options do not include support of the hind-legs. There’s your reason and solution: SUPPORT THE HIND FEET!!!
When you don’t support the hind feet, your rabbit’s natural instincts kick on. In the wild, if the rabbit is lifted up without the support of the hind feet, it’s usually only when a hawk, or any other bird of
Hawks are natural predators of the rabbit.
prey grabs it in its talons. The rabbit will twist, and kick to escape the dreaded grip of the talons, therefore explaining this behavior.
Photo credit: World Insights.com
A team of scientists from the University of Hawaii and from two Turkish universities have teamed up to create the first litter of glow in the dark rabbits. They were created by injecting Jellyfish DNA/fluorescent jellyfish proteins into eight rabbit embryos, and then by re-inserting them into the mother rabbit. Once the mother rabbit gave birth, two out of six of the kits were born glowing neon green under a black light. The glow in the dark rabbits are told to appear normal in daylight.
Many people are asking why. According to Dr. Stefen Moisyadi, biogenesis researcher, the experiment was to see how the material affected the biological makeup of the litter. The long-term goal of this experiment is too provide cheaper medicines and better reasearch for genetic diseases through animals. “[For] patients who suffer from hemophilia and they need the blood clotting enzymes in their blood, we can make those enzymes a lot cheaper in animals with barrier reactives rather than a factory that will cost billions of dollars to build,” Dr. Moisyadi said to Independent Co. UK.
The glow in the dark rabbits were born in Turkey, and the scientists plan to bring their experiments to the U.S. Larger animals are planned to be used for this experiment next, as the birth of the first glow in the dark lamb is to be born in November.
Scientists have Genetically Modified other animals too, including puppies, kittens, and monkeys.
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