Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
As 2011 is Chinese Year of the Rabbit the children at a local primary school, Ysgol Y Castel, have been learning about how to care for rabbits. Yesterday morning I visited the school with two of my rabbits, Alice and George. This pair of rabbits are very different to look at; Alice is white and has a mane like a lion(she is a lion head rabbit) whilst George is dark and has lop ears.
Sitting with my rabbits on my lap, I explained how important it was to check their health by looking in their ears and eyes and checking their teeth and bottom. I then held up a bag of hay, a bag of cabbage and a bag of dry pellets and asked the children which of the three was the most important part of a rabbits diet. Most of the children thought it was either the pellets or the vegetables so I explained why hay should be the main part of a rabbits diet.
When we talked about vegetables it turned out that most of the children seemed to think carrots were the best thing to feed rabbits, so I explained that carrots are high in sugar and should only be fed in small amounts. Pet obesity is a real problem so I got the kids to feel their own ribs and told them that if their rabbit is too fat they won’t be able to feel its ribs!
We even managed to squeeze in the fact that rabbits only bite and scratch when they are scared and that they don’t like being picked up. At the end of the 30 minute session the kids, who were very well behaved, took it in turns to smooth Alice or George … and I’m pleased to report that the rabbits were well behaved too and nobody got bitten!
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