Tag Archive | angora buck

And Another New Bunny!

Three days ago I brought this handsome boy home to Phoenix Farm.  His name is Garnet and he is a 7-month-old chestnut agouti angora.  I particularly love his big eyes.  Garnet was raised in Blue Hill, ME, about 1.5 hour drive east from us.  Yet, surprise, surprise!  His background has some of the same rabbitry as my current does.  I believe his father is from the same breeder as my senior doe, a place down in southwestern ME, a two hour drive for us in a different direction!  Oh well.  They are not closely related.  He should make a fine buck for my rabbitry.

Garnet is a real snuggle bunny.  Males tend to like being held and fussed over more than females.  Since he was a favorite of the lady who raised him, Garnet likely received lots of attention.  He is also very interested in his girlfriends.  I think they will make some lovely babies in the spring.

The agouti color is the wild pattern.  Each hair has bands of color, just like a whitetail deer’s hair.  Garnet is banded with cream, gray, and a bright chestnut red.  In the photo below you can see the banding of the long hairs and also the red tips of the new coat coming in under the first fiber the rabbit grew.  He is starting to shed his first coat and I will be harvesting him soon.  The color of an angora rabbit is told by the face.  The wild type pattern is quite visible on Garnet’s face.

When agouti fiber is spun, the yarn has a pretty variegated appearance that many people like to use.  I’m hoping Garnet will produce some adorable agouti babies.

 

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Passing of a Rabbit

My beautiful angora buck Marble passed away quietly this morning.  He was eight years old, a venerable age for a rabbit.  I will miss his silly brand of bunny humor, his friendly ways and his thick, lustrous coat of fiber.  I held him in my hand the day he was born, a tiny, warm, pink bundle.

He had been slowing down for the past few weeks and I suspected the end was nearing.  Over a year ago I felt some tumorous nodules on him and it is likely cancer got him in the end, as it does many rabbits.  Nature designed rabbits as prey animals who survive in the wild for just one to three years.  They were not intended to last long enough for cancer to grow.  As they age they are prone to tumors.

Marble spent yesterday outside enjoying a fine May day, eating grass and dozing in the sun.  That is the sort of day he deserved.  He was a wonderful rabbit and an excellent buck, producing several superb litters of fawns.  His last litter is just a month old now, the nicest little bunnies anyone could want.  I plan to keep several of his babies.  His legacy will live on.