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A mom of a friend of mine asked if it would be okay if she could put her female rabbit downstairs (caged) while she had people over that weekend. I said it was fine. I had two rabbits of my own upstairs, a neutered male and a female rabbit who I hadn't spayed yet. I had the space so I didn't mind. Anyways, we ended up letting the two female rabbits have a "play date" I guess you could call it. The other rabbit ended up mounting my rabbit and I told my friend that their rabbit had to be male. She told me that the vet said it was female and maybe it was just a "dominance" thing. Turns out I was right and it took that one time for my rabbit to get pregnant. Thing is, I didn't know she was pregnant.

My rabbit started ripping her fur out to make a "nest" so I googled why she was doing this and later found out that they do this when they're pregnant or think they're pregnant to get ready for the kits. I woke up to this one morning and walked in on her giving birth to the kits. There were 4.


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They were so small and I was afraid to handle them in my hands in case the scent from me would scare the mother away from them. That was the least of my problems at this point. She didn't mind me touching them and she kept feeding them for two days, until the worse possible thing happened. She died. I went downstairs to check on her and the kits and she was breathing heavily. Rabbits try and hide when they're ill because they're on the bottom of the food chain, so seeing her like that worried me. I rushed her to the vet ASAP.

As soon as I got there she died at the clinic. She had stillborn babies inside of her that made her sick. I felt horrible. I should have brought her there as soon as she had the kits, but for whatever reason I thought she would be fine. You know, let nature take it's course and all that, but I was wrong.

The vet told me they are one of THE hardest animals to nurse, and where we live we can't get rabbit milk or rodent milk so the closest thing I could get is KMR (kitten formula) mixed with whipping cream to make it thicker, adding acidophilus to keep a healthy gut flora.


It took me 2 hours to feed them each feeding. They wouldn't eat. They didn't like the syringe. I fed them in the morning and in the night. 2 hours each time, sometimes more but I tried my absolute hardest to get them to feed. I needed to do this for my sweet rabbit that I lost. Everyone told me they would die. That I'd be lucky if they made it a week. Then one died and I lost faith in myself. The one that died was the one that just wouldn't eat as much as the other kits. I tried everything.

I contacted Hoppy Homes Rescue and they wouldn't take the rabbits in because they were "full". I contacted farms that may have nursing mothers, who could maybe adopt the kits. I contacted friends and families to see if anyone had a rabbit that was nursing. I even tried getting them to nurse from a nursing cat, but it didn't work. They can't even pee or poop on their own. You have to stimulate them by rubbing their bellies and their surrounding area with your finger or a cotton ball dipped in warm water. If you don't do this they can also die. The female rabbit usually licks them either before or after each feeding. I was so stressed out.


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And then things changed. They started feeding from me. They started to grow fur.

They kept warm in their mother's fur and snuggled with each other. I had the heat on blast in the room they were in to keep them warm as well.


Every day they got stronger, and more and more energetic! They stole my heart.

Finally the hopping began, and the "binkys" because they were happy.



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I put them in a bigger box after and just used this one for when I took them out to feed them. At this point it's taking me less than 20 minutes to feed all three kits.


So the kits are 4 weeks old today and they've started picking at hay and pellets, and they're still drinking the KMR formula. I have to feed it to them until they're 8-10 weeks old.


They are my absolute favorite in this world and I never thought I'd be able to save one, not to mention 3 of them. I wish I could have saved all 4. I wish she never died, but I can't change what happened. But look at them. Look at the difference. I'm so happy to have gotten the chance to save them. Everyone told me I couldn't do it, that it was near impossible. But here they are, fighting against all odds and winning. They are true fighters. I have complete faith that all 3 of them are going to make it now. They are doing so well. I'm so happy.


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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

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Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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