Lil Bit - Infant Rabbit Rescued from a Feed Store
Update: February 18, 2015
Lil Bit

We at The Rabbit Haven are very excited to announce that Lil Bit is available for adoption! Lil Bit came to us as a 2 week old orphan, rescued from a feed store. He was hand fed by Auntie Heather and received medical care from Dr. Hilary Stern, DVM for various breathing and intestinal issues due to being separated from his mother at such a young age. Look at him now! He is spunky and energetic, very opinionated, and loves to run and play. He has been neutered and is ready for a home of his own.

We want to thank all of the people who donated towards Lil Bit's care and everyone who sent encouragement his way. He is a real success story, an example of the power of the Haven community.

Update: November 11, 2014
Lil Bit

Lil Bit is a darling little boy, he is energetic, active and so sweet. He has grown and still is after his milk. He is still battling a breathing issue and started new medication for that a week ago. He is improved and no longer needs nebulizing. After such a terrible start it is no surprise that he might have issues. He loves to be held and kissed and is an exceptionally dear bunny. He is the first bunny his foster mom sees in the morning and the last at night. Requiring his milk, he can be quite demanding at 5 AM. He is not that keen on his meds, but puts up with us. We anticipate more good news next week given his new medicine. He plays with Alexandri now in a little playroom designed just for these two babies. He is such a quirky, adorable little boy.

If you want to donate to help Lil Bit you can use The Rabbit Haven's PayPal account or donate by check. We will continue to post updates on his progress to this page and to Facebook.

Update: October 30, 2014
Lil Bit and his scarf

Lil Bit is a darling little adventurous boy still taking KMR. He will soon be moving to a dish of KMR. He loves his other bunny friends and plays gently with both Alexandri and Amati. Right now their play room is the top of their foster mom's bed which has a special sheet, litter box, tiny pellet and hay dishes and tiny very low dish for water. Each has special needs so they need a sheltered space. Lil is very interested in the new baby Amati. And he is so careful with her. Lil is still well under one pound. We are beginning to wonder if he will ever get bigger. Thank you to the Lil Bit fan club, he sends his love. He did his first little binky yesterday! He has been off meds for four days now with no reoccurrence of congestion, and he no longer needs nebulizing. He is on the way to a full recovery. Thank you for your support of this little baby.

Update: October 23, 2014
Lil Bit being fed at the Spay/Neuter Clinic

Lil’ Bit made a guest appearance at The Haven’s Spay/Neuter clinic on Sunday. He was not impressed with the excellent surgeons who were there, or all of the bunnies that got their surgeries. He did, however, spend most of the day begging for anyone who passed him to feed him more formula. He still makes a wheezing noise at times, and needs to have his nasal passages cleared a couple of times a day, but it has not affected his appetite or spunkiness at all. He continues to demand food and attention and is outgoing and friendly. We hope to have his respiratory problem resolved soon, so he can be adopted into his own home.

Update: October 9, 2014
Lil Bit and plush bunny friend

Lil Bit continues to improve and gain weight slowly. He eats about every three hours and still is congested and requires nebulization two times a day plus meds. What a sweetheart. He is very active, alert and perfectly adorable. After he finishes his milk he give kisses and then puts up with cleaning his mouth and fur.

Update: October 7, 2014
Lil Bit Lil Bit

Lil’ Bit continues to grow. He is so sweet he is sitting in his large carrier home. He has gained some weight, up to 140 grams now. He is completely adorable.

Lil’ is also very demanding (in a good way). He is growing and getter stronger every day. He was very tired after the long day at the show on Saturday. Yes, he went with foster mom so he could eat every few hours. When we got home (7:30PM), he was fast asleep. Once his carrier was set down he woke up and stood on his little back feet, which means "up" or "pet me please" or "feed me" or all of the above. He clearly recognizes his name and always is eager for affection.

Lil still has GI issues and has not quite adjusted to his milk but he is getting better. He is eating alfalfa hay and an occasional tiny piece of his greens. We are doing all that we can for him and he is very cooperative. He continues on antibiotics, subQ fluids, gentle external heating and stimulation (mini play time and lots of holding). He really helped the newest Baby Alexandri. When Alexandri arrived he was almost unconscious. Lil' Bit was very attentive and curious about this new bunny, and helped stimulate her and keep her awake.

Lil Bit
October 2, 2014
Lil Bit

 

Lil Bit was being sold at a feed store for $20.00. The Haven adopter who noticed him was aware immediately that this was an infant that could not possibly survive, so she bought him to get him out and saved his life by getting him to the Rabbit Haven. Lil is barely old enough to have his eyes open and could not eat on his own. He was literally dying. He also has significant congestion and his nose has discharge that prevents him from being able to breathe. He is approximately 2.5 inches in length. The feed store has been reported to animal control authorities. It is illegal to sell infant baby rabbits. Lil Bit weighed .09kg on arrival and he has gained weight since last night. He now weighs .105 kg. Deepest thanks due to Maria C. from Stockton who drove the baby all the way to Los Gatos and to Scott and Patrice who brought Lil the rest of the way into the main Haven medical site. He was then immediately taken to see a vet.

The vet said he is very tiny (100 grams) but appears relatively strong given all that he has been through. Our doctor is documenting the rabbit's illnesses and we will send the list to animal control authorities when we have it. It is illegal to sell rabbits that cannot survive on their own. He is clearly under two weeks of age. Such cruel behavior. The little boy is hanging on, he is so hungry all the time.

Lil's vet cannot offer a great prognosis at this time. We will give him whatever it takes to allow him to survive. His current care required:

  • Nubulization twice a day
  • Antibiotics for the bacteria that has taken hold in his body due to immune compromised condition
  • Hand feeding KMR 4 times a day
  • Four times a day clearing of discharge from nasal passages
  • Lots of love!

Lil Bit will require ongoing medical care and support. If you want to donate to help him you can use The Rabbit Haven's PayPal account or donate by check. Please indicate that your donation is for Lil Bit, so we know who it is for. We will continue to post updates on his progress to this page and to Facebook.

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