Rabbit Bonding Battles
I need advice.
7 years ago we adopted a very abused and damaged (mentally) bunny we called her Ninja.
She was a Netherland dwarf. She had snuffles. She bonded immediately with our bun Wolf. He was a Japanese Harlequin. He had e-cuniculi. He was also a rescue.
We fought his disease for 14 years but finally lost the battle to old age and the spread of the parasite.
Ninja broke. She was never the same and her illness became progressively worse.
After Wolf's passing we tried to adopt a companion for her. We adopted what we thought was a docile older bunny named Daisy.
Daisy was just fat and not old. She is a very aggressive, young bunicidal maniac. She is the most loving, sweet, beautiful full sized lionhead in the world until she sees another bun. She is also a rescue, but unlike Ninja or Wolf, she has never been abused.
Turned out she was only 4 months old when we adopted her. So, we adopted another rescue named Eli. He was also abused. He is a mini Rex, guesstimate 3 years old.
He bonded with Ninja, she tolerated him. But he gave her the company she needed. We kept our house divided with baby gates. Our bunnies have no cages. They are free roaming in their separate domains.
We just lost Ninja. Her illness progressed greatly in the past month and despite extremely aggressive medical care we lost. Her body started to shut down on Wednesday and we had to put her down. (Excuse my spelling, I am still crying).
Eli had been separated from Ninja for three weeks now - her treatment would not allow them to be together.
We tried to put Eli with Daisy. She tried to eat him.
How can we bond these two without bloodshed and live in a home not divided?
Eli is very docile and acts frightened and lonely.
Any advice is appreciated.
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