When I was little it was Tales of the Riverbank which did it for me <realise I am now vair old>, I loved the guinea on there and really believed that they all lived in harmony and really talked to each other. Yeah, right, a guinea, a hammy and a rat........ I got my first guinea when I was 6 and adored him right from the word go, I was an absolute slave to him! My sis loved rabbits tho' and had a few house rabbits who were largely ignored, and altho' I rabbit sat them ona number of occasions, they weren't cuddly or chatty like my guinea was. When my daughter turned 8 I surprised her with two rescue girl guineas and it was love at first sight. 8 years on and 9 guineas later, we have never looked back.
< five weeks to go until we move, then I shall be going to get some more!>
had rabbits, they were evil and escape experts, we have had 2 guineas for 6 years now, they free range and roam in and out of the shed at will - i love them they are gorgeous and come up to us for cuddles and anything we may offer because ultimately they are greedy little blighters!
I first saw Bambi when I was four and I didn't cry but my six year old brother did. If you think Watership Down is a very sad/scary film, you should try reading the book, that is brutal (love it though).
Our rabbit was a very exciting pet, but just too much. He was a total drama queen, had to be the centre of attention, preferred to live free in our living room, uncaged (not feasible at night), or outside he kept escaping and the neighbours kept having to chase him around the garden at 7am before they went to work. Which was a bit embarrassing. So we rehomed him with friends with a more contained garden, but he kept escaping from that. Now he lives as a Free Rabbit, occasionally sighted. He just didn't want to be contained.
Guinea pigs are a whole lot easier. If they get out of the hutch in the garden, they try to get back in again.
My 8yo was terrified lately after watching Watership Down. The Evil Rabbit might come and get her in her sleep.
I think I heard that rabbits are the pet most frequently rehomed or sent to rescue centres. I can see why. As someone who spent too many late evenings chasing the rabbit round the living room cos he really didn't want to to into his cage for the night.
The reason for ^ is because they are marketed as a 'ideal childs pet' - if people were informed properly when buying one then numbers of rabbits being neglected would fall! Its down to owners, pet shops, etc to inform/research!
Of course there are always the idiots who won't listen and buy because 'they are cute' - but then that goes for all pets not just rabbits!
Arctic - used to spend hours myself chasing previous bun around at night to get her to go bed. Eventually I realised she enjoyed it and if I ignored her and put her supper (carrot leaves) in her cage she'd make her own way there. After the age of 2 rabbits do become more biddable and sensible in general. They're the opposite of dogs in that it's best to train them when they're older - they are far too silly when they are young.
fortified - thank you. I think Current Bun likes doing mad things so he can be talked about.