Conner has been getting really dirty. Like all orangy and just down right filthy. We couldn't figure out why. We bathed him and groomed him. Yet, still, the snow white bunny was this funky color. I looked at everything around, in and on the cage and noticed something; there were orangy urine drops on Duncan's side of the urine guard.
Quick search on the internet came up with males who like to spray others. Yes, Duncan had been spraying Conner. Poor guy, getting pissed on regularly had to suck. So, we put a wooden board between the two and the immediate issue was solved.
Fast forward to a few days later. Conner is still dirty.WTH?* Maybe he's sick? So, I pull the little guy out to check him over. Nose is clear, ears look clean. Mouth and teeth, a-okay. I flip him over and
OH MY GOD!!!!!!! WHAT IS ON MY BUNNY'S BELLY??!!!!!!
These two huge red growths are protruding from his lower abdomen. What is this? They're angry looking and swollen. Dear lord, Conner has a tumor! Some terrible flesh eating worm has burrowed into his gut and is eating him from the inside! My heart is racing, I'm trying not to panic. I can't loose another bunny, I just can't. I gently put him back into his cage and then a little bulb clicks on above my head. It's about the size of a Christmas Tree light and really very dim. Perhaps, I should check Duncan...
OH MY GOD!!!! DUNCAN HAS THEM TOO!!!!!
Wait a minute. Slow down and think. Duncan has them and he's fine...he didn't start spraying Conner until a few weeks ago...Conner didn't have these growths before when he was a baby...they're both bucks...
Many of you have already connected the dots that took me awhile to even find the dots to connect...I was looking at Conner's decended testicles. I never really looked at Duncan that closely, his hair covers much of his boy parts. Looking up "rabbit sex organs" on the internet comes up with things either very kinky or how to sex a baby rabbit...which isn't mature.
Thank God I didn't call the breeder I got them from. My freaking out was contained in the privacy of my back yard. I share because sometimes it's good to laugh at yourself. To see the humor in overreacting and ignorance. And I owe Conner a public apology for poking him -repeatedly- in the nuts.
*Sometimes my mind actually thinks in internet acronyms. I have no comment on this.