Wild Bunny Can Withstand Harsh Norwegian Weather

Wild Bunny Can Withstand Harsh Norwegian Weather

Photo by Erlend Haarberg, who writes:

For the last few years I have spent springtime in the mountains of central Norway, photographing mountain hares, Lepus timidus, in the upland birch forests. These are shy, cautious animals, and with good reason – they are highly coveted by predators and – a popular target with human hunters.

Mountain hares are nocturnal – even in the mating season, most activity occurs under cover of darkness. So, I rely on artificial lighting to observe and photograph their behaviour. The animals usually remain wary of me, even after several weeks of my presence, but gradually become accustomed to the clicks and whirs of the camera and the subtle movements of my lens.

When storm comes and the trees of the mountain birch forest shake with the wind, the hares’ hearing is reduced and they have to rely on their relatively poor eyesight. On such days they are clearly more cautious than usual.

This photograph is a part of our exhibition — showcasing our recent work from the Norwegian Røros region — in the Vauldalen Fjellhotell that can be visited throughout the summer.

Bunny Can’t Help But Hear Everything with Those Big Ears

Bunny Can't Help But Hear Everything with Those Big Ears

Happy Bunday! Thanks, Ken, Kaci, and bunny Hayley! Ken writes, “Hopping over to say hi today is Hayley. She hails from the Desert Warren and her Mom is Dublin. Mom Dublin and her babies are all doing fine.”

He Can’t Recognize Me with This Towel on My Head, Right?

He Can't Recognize Me with This Towel on My Head, Right?

Thanks, Care and bunnies Cocoa and Chubz (background)!

Bunny, Are You Up to Something or Just Looking for a Little Quiet?

Bunny, Are You Up to Something or Just Looking for a Little Quiet?

Thanks, Cat and bunny George! Cat writes, “Please meet George, Paul’s best friend. He’s allowed to roam wherever he likes but if we haven’t seen him in a while he’s undoubtedly settled in on his favourite rug in the study where it’s always safe and cosy (and a bit quieter away from the kids!)”

Hay Is Tastier When You Make a Mess Eating It

Hay Is Tastier When You Make a Mess Eating It 1

Hay Is Tastier When You Make a Mess Eating It 2

Hay Is Tastier When You Make a Mess Eating It 3

Thanks, Chris and bunny Gimly! Chris writes, “This is Gimly. He likes to try to hide in his hay pile while he eats it.”

Bunny’s Out for a Romp in and a Bite of the Tall Grass

Bunny's Out for a Romp in and a Bite of the Tall Grass

Thanks, Ashley and bunny Sweetie! There’s an important message behind this photo – Ashley writes:

Sweetie was a rescue who had developed uterine cancer while living outside as a stray. We discovered this when she was brought to the vet for GI stasis. During her emergency spay the vet realized that her cancer had spread, she had a large tumor that had broke out of her right uterine horn that was attached to her abdomen and bladder. Though the vet was able to remove her cancer filled uterus and the tumor that broke out of it, she continued to experience GI issues for almost 3 months and then just when we were starting to see improvement she went down hill very quietly one more and passed away while I was getting her ready to go to the vet.

I have been using her story to help raise awareness for the high risk of uterine cancer in rabbits in the hopes it will help save the lives of other rabbits.

My experiences with Sweetie helped me decide to adopt a 4 year old girl bunny that was high risk for uterine cancer from my local shelter that doesn’t neuter or spay the rabbits they adopt out. I named her Ivy and it so happens that she had uterine cancer too but we caught her’s at a much earlier stage before it had spread. So thanks to Sweetie, Ivy’s life was saved. I’m now also using her story to help raise awareness.

Unspayed rabbits have a very high rate of uterine and other reproductive cancers. To help protect against this type of cancer, please get your female bunnies spayed. Neutering and spaying is so important for rabbits for many other reasons, too – read more at the House Rabbit Society!

What Is It, Human? Do You Have a Treat? A New Toy? Pets?

What Is It, Human? Do You Have a Treat? A New Toy? Pets?

Thanks, Chanty and bunny Cody! Chanty writes, “We adopted this cute bun last August when he was 6 weeks old and we fell in love with him as soon as we saw his adorable heart shape lil nose.”

Bunnies Relax Together in a Quiet Corner

Bunnies Relax Together in a Quiet Corner

Thanks, Sarah, Gil, Galen, and bunnies Alfie (left) and Lila!

Let Me Give You a Tip, Kid. If You Look Extra Cute, Human Will Give You Treats!

Let Me Give You a Tip, Kid. If You Look Extra Cute, Human Will Give You Treats!

Happy Bunday! Thanks, Jennifer, Clare, and bunnies Ollie (left) and Beans (right)! Jennifer writes that these two are cousins: Beans’s human is Jennifer and Ollie’s human is Clare!