Meet Isabella- The Caring Paws Companion Animal Of The Month!
Isabella was rescued from P.A.C.C.A. (Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association) June 2008, with no information only than she was estimated to be 2 years old. She is a lop bunny with her ears flopping down and not standing up straight. As with dogs, there are many breeds of rabbits… 47 are recognized today.
Isabella is a very funny bunny. When she is working, sitting in laps and getting patted, she is wonderful out of her cage and on the job. Nevertheless, she has a very strong territorial personality when she is in her cage. When food is given to her, or for any other reason our hands are in her space, she boxes us with her front paws. This was very surprising when she first displayed this behavior because we were not expecting it. She “grunts” at us too, which is very funny because rabbits NEVER make any sounds. Just putting hay in her cage can start her off complaining that we are in her space. We laugh at her when she begins protecting her cage but if not prepared, she can scare the unsuspecting hand.
Rabbits are very strict herbivores. They can only digest grasses and plants. In Isabella’s stomach, many kind of microorganisms do the digesting for her. Isabella’s favorite treat is bananas. Every day we give her only one dried banana chip, “Good Morning” as she pushes her wiggly nose through the bars of her cage. Loose timothy and compressed alfalfa in the form of pellets are her main diet along with fresh green produce…parsley, collards, spinach, bib lettuce, chard, kale, and carrot tops (carrot bottoms- the orange parts- give rabbits diarrhea).
Isabella is a very big bunny and much care needs to be taken handling her because of her powerful large back feet…the anatomical propeller of a rabbit’s hop. When she is working everyone loves her lop ears but she is especially popular because of her wiggly nose. Do you know why rabbits wiggle their noses? They breathe that way.