About a week ago, our newest family member arrived at our home, after a somewhat long trip to get him. We're not getting yet another dog, but this time we picked up a new rabbit to live with the one we already own. We have owned our first rabbit for a few months, but as you guys might be aware, they are highly social animals that need a friend in order to have a good life. We've been looking for a good fit for a while, and now we have finally found him.
His name is Phil, and he's already two years old. He has had two previous owners, but he was never a good fit for the other rabbits he lived with, so I'm glad that we were able to give him a home. And so far the two rabbits seem to be good friends, and the hierarchy was quickly solved since both are neutered.
At this point the two rabbits seem to be inseparable, and we always find them snuggling with each other, or just being very close to each other. Today I managed to get a few photos before I brought them to their outside cage (I put them back indoors during the night to prevent potential fox or raptor attacks).
Despite Phil being completely white, he is not an albino mutant, since his eyes are blue. Real albinos have red eyes, or rather have no eye color, but they look red since the blood vessels are reflected in their eyes.
Anyway, I'm glad I was able to get a buddy for my "old" rabbit without having to purchase a baby. I think it's much better to be able to give a good home to a rabbit that needs it, instead of supporting an out of control breeding industry.
You might not want to get a rabbit
I just want to give a quick warning about pet rabbits while I have the chance. They are incredibly cute and lovable animals, but they are demanding pets that require a lot more effort than most pet owners are willing to give them, such as daily social interactions, daily grooming, a huge cage (they need a much bigger cage then most people assume), and a varied diet.
My point is, rabbits are demanding pets with many different needs, so don't go and get one unless you are able to take care of these needs.
Just imagine how much effort it takes to keep his fur to an acceptable level. He also sheds more fur than either of the dogs.