7th Heaven


I took these 3 photos of Fatty & Pinky with my hp camera this afternoon. Last 3 shots of the siblings sleeping together happily.

I was quite tempted to name them “Patience” & “Cirrus” (depending on their gender) when they grew up… but there’s no need for that now i suppose. Pinky could just remain as Pinky… it’s an endearing name in itself.

Sigh. 🙁

Forever Young

Fatty died tonight. It was very sudden. It was about 7:30pm and i brought both babies down to the backyard to feed them. I managed to coax Horlicks to lie down so i went to carry Fatty to her… but as i was approaching, Horlicks got up again. So i placed Fatty back into its box. Fatty was so excited… nibbled my finger 3x! I told it to wait a little while till “mommy was ready”.I then went to coax Horlicks to lie down again and once she did, Clown brought the box the babies were in over to me. I picked Fatty up and saw that it was rather lifeless. When i placed Fatty near Horlick’s body and it still didn’t move much, i realised something was seriously wrong.

Clown & i examined Fatty & we suspect that it was choked on something. We tried all means to save Fatty… we patted it, stroked it and when it struggled, Clown even opened its mouth a little & blew air into it. For a while, it seemed to work and three times when it seemed to go stiff, this bunny CPR worked… but after a tough struggle of about 15mins, Fatty breathed its last.

Its throat was all stiffen up when it died. Clown opened its mouth a little to see if we could find what it choked on but we couldn’t. It appeared as though it choked on its own saliva and couldn’t cough to get rid of the choke.

Pinky’s still ok… Pinky drank A LOT of milk tonight. I was so worried when i saw its SUPER round stomach. I quickly warmed some water up & managed to help it pee… and my did it pee! Pinky’s stomach shrank to normal after that. What a relief!

I really don’t know whether Pinky will survive. It’s like every day a baby rabbit lives is a miracle. Now when i see all my 4 adult rabbits, i realise that they’re all miracles ‘cos someone, whether it’s the breeder or their mommy rabbit nursed them into life.

Quite a lot of unfortunate things happened to Clown recently… including getting into an accident on Sat nite. Sometimes we don’t understand why bad things happen. Yeah, skeptics may say it’s juz a bunny… but it was a bunny loved by all. (Pinky at first refused to go to sleep w/o the sibling… kept crawling all over the box to look for it… which is what 1 baby would do whenever we take the other out of the box). But i believe Fatty joined all my other bunnies in rabbit heaven.

Just to share a song that we sung on Sunday during service…

“Trust His Heart”All things work for our good
Though sometimes we can’t see how they could
Struggles that break our hearts in two
Sometimes blind us to the truth

Our Father knows what’s best for us
His ways are not our own
So when your pathway goes dim
And you just can’t see Him
Remember He’s one the throne

(Chorus) God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don’t understand
When you don’t see His hand
When you can’t trace His plan
Trust His heart

He sees the master plan
He holds the future in His hand
Don’t live as those who have no hope
While our hope is found in Him

We see the present clearly
But He sees the first & last
And like a tapestry
He’s weaving you and me
To someday be just like Him

(Chorus)

(Bridge) He alone is faithful and true
He alone knows what is best for you

(Chorus)

Please vote! Baby bunnies need names.

Hi everyone! Need some help. Should i name Pinky, “Latte” and Fatty, “Mocha”? Or should i let Pinky remain as Pinky (it’s a cute name anyway) & Fatty becomes “Kuachee”? (Well since the father is called MuahChee and kuachee is sorta brownish)?Ok… here are the choices:
1) Pinky & Mocha
2) Pinky & Kuachee
3) Latte & Mocha

You can leave your vote on the tag-board, as a comment, or email me. Thanks! 🙂

Happy 3rd Day

The babies are now 3 days old. Aiyah… just realised ishould’ve weighed them at birth then i’ll know whether they grew or not! Hmm…. maybe i should weigh them tomorrow.

A little worried for 001 aka Fatty ‘cos it’s not fat anymore. It’s thinner than Pinky (002) even! But for their dinner juz now, i let Fatty feed 3x whereas Pinky fed only twice. Fatty as usual, peed straight after its dinner… maybe that’s why it always seems thinner? Another possible reason could be that Fatty is now half a head longer than Pinky. Perhaps all the milk went to its height.Clown says that i shouldn’t call Fatty, “Fatty” anymore. We played around with a few names last night – Latte, Milo, Kua Chee (melon seeds)…. but it’s difficult to settle on one since we’re not completely sure what colour the babies will turn out. I believe Pinky will turn out like Horlicks – white with brown sports and Fatty already looks like MC – a mixture of brown & grey fur.

For now, i think i’ll call Pinky “Latte”, and Fatty shall be called “Mocha”.

Photos take on day 2 – Mocha’s on the left & Latte’s on the right.

Photo taken today (day 3).

Goodnight babies

Just went to check on the babies. They’re sleeping in a small box in the guest room on the 2nd floor. We decided not to keep them outside ‘cos the change in temperature may be too drastic for them and since it was obvious that Horlicks wouldn’t be able to feed them successfully, we chose to keep them inside & increase their chances of survival, even though Horlicks may miss her babies.

The 2 darlings are definitely hungry now… they’re like sucking as they sleep… oh well, some websites say that mommy rabbits feed twice a day – during dawn & just before dusk… while some other websites say that mommy rabbits feed once during the day, usually during the night. I guess it could be both? I’m not sure. Was wondering if i should wake Horlicks up to feed the babies… but that would be cruel too? Poor gal fed 002 till she ran out of milk just now!

I’m going to sleep now… gotta wake up early in the morning to feed them before i go to work. Need to set aside 1.5 hrs every morning to coax Horlicks into feeding them. My main worry is that once their teeth grow sharper, it may get too painful when they nibble on Horlicks’ teats and she may not allow them to feed anymore… but will have to cross that bridge when we get to it i guess!

Goodnight everyone! I love my babies.

“Eat dead cat”

There’s this Cantonese saying, “吃死猫” and it basically means to take the blame for someone else. Well, I wronged Coffee. No wonder he refused to play with me the past week.Just now, before Vivi left, I asked her to help me clarify Muah Chee’s gender and guess what we discovered? MC’s a guy!! I can’t look at MC straight in the eye now ‘cos all along i thought ‘he’ was a ‘she’! *Sob*

Then it occurred to me… the reason why 001 & 002 have really long ears is not ‘cos they “take after their mom” but ‘cos both their parents are lop-ear rabbits! (MC’s a Mini Lop & Horlicks is a Holland Lop).

This is how i reasoned it out:
MC has always humped Horlicks since she first came. Coffee started humping Peanut 1 month ago and only stopped in the past 2 weeks. He then switched his focus to Horlicks and tried to mate with her… but Horlicks always ran away. At first, i thought he somehow succeeded in mating with Horlicks… but given that Horlicks gave birth about the same time as Peanut, she must have gotten pregnant about 1 week later only!

Hence the most probable father is MC! And u know what? MC tried to silence me after i discovered “she’s” a male!

When i scooped “her” up just now for Vivi to check her gender, MC didn’t resist at all. But after Vivi announced that MC’s a male, fwah lau… MC struggled & kicked. In fact, MC kicked so hard that his hind leg went straight for my stomach. It felt like someone gave me a punch! And when i took a bath just now? I saw 2 scratch marks on my tummy! It’s a miracle that my blouse didn’t tear! Tsk tsk!

That sneaky fella…

Godsend

My dad went to the pet shop at Simei today to look for pine shavings. He wanted to line the nesting box with pine shavings to prevent the babies from rolling about so much ‘cos he suspects the thin baby was suffocated to death when it rolled under the nesting wool last night.

At the pet shop, he met this young gal called “Vivi” who breeds rabbits. She was really sweet and offered to come to my place to show us how we could get the babies to suckle from Horlicks. So i picked her up after work and came home.

We tried a few ways. First i carried Horlicks on her back and Vivi placed the baby on her chest… but Horlicks protested violent so we had to abort this method. Next, we tried to get Horlicks to sniff her babies & then place them in a tray in front of her…. Horlicks sniffed them then ran off. Plan B – failure. The 3rd attempt finally work. Horlicks ran around the garden till she got tired & laid down to rest against a wall. Vivi located Horlicks’ nipples & place the baby against it while i coaxed Horlicks to continue lying down with biscuit treats.

Wow… u should’ve seen the baby’s reaction when it was placed near the mother’s body. It sprung awake & rushed to try to suck the nipple. Some natural instinct kind of thing i suppose. Using this method, we managed to feed the smaller pinker rabbit (henceforth known as Baby002 – temporarily named according to birth order) till poor Horlicks ran out of milk.

Then we had to rest her a bit before feeding Baby001 (aka the miracle baby from this morning) a little. Horlicks was v.cooperative too. Vivi let her sniff 001 & Horlicks flipped onto her side, as though she really knew what we were trying to do. So we quickly placed 001 at her nipple & thankfully 001 managed to drink some milk too. But i think 001 was too hungry & it sucked too hard (i could hear the sound) and might have bit Horlicks too so Horlicks couldn’t tahan that long. Prob. about 2 mins and Horlicks stood up again.

Nevertheless, i’m glad we found a way to feed the babies. Nothing beats a mother’s milk. (Did u know that a baby mother’s milk is super high in calories? And that newborn baby needs no more than 5cc a day!) The dilemma i have now is how do i know when they’re full enough? (Overfeeding also can die… feed too little also can die…). Sigh… haven’t figured that one out yet.

Anyway, here are some photos of Baby001 & 002. 🙂

The one on top, the pinker one is Baby002. The greyish baby is 002, the miracle baby.

Same… 002’s the one on top. 🙂

001’s on the right.

May God bless these babies! (Really scared they’ll shrink & dehydrate overnight like Peanut’s babies.)

A miracle & a tragedy

This morning when i went to check on the babies, i couldn’t find them in the nesting box!! They somehow rolled themselves under the nesting wool and totally out of sight. I was gently probing the wool to find them and Horlicks kept hopping in & out of the cage…

After searching for like 5 mins, Horlicks came & started sniffing the corner of the cage…. and that’s when i saw a pink baby inside the litter tray!!! (As in the litter tray beneath the cage.) I quickly pulled out the litter tray from under the cage & there it was! The FATTEST PINKIEST little baby! Thank God it was still alive! And warm too! This baby is a true miracle baby! Somehow i’ve this strange hope that this miracle baby will be able to survive & grow up.

While i was really thrilled to find this 3rd baby, a tragedy occured during the night. Out of the 2 babies we placed in the nesting box last nite? The plumper one was sound asleep underneath the wool but the thinner one died. It was still a little warm so it must have just died only. Poor thing… i’m not sure if it suffocated in the wool (‘cos it rolled itself to the corner of the box, totally covered up by the wool), or if it died ‘cos it was under-nourished at birth.

My dad fed the plump baby a little bit of milk just now but the fat miracle baby is still sleeping soundly. Oh… it did pee a little. Guess it got the most amount of food while in the mother’s womb. Anyway, i don’t approve of my dad handling the babies so much in the first 24 hrs.. i mean… what if Horlicks looks for her babies and can’t find them then she gives up nursing them or something?!?

But what’s been done cannot be changed… so bo pian. I’m going to try to force Horlicks to nurse the babies tonite. My gameplan is to place her standing up on my lap, then put the babies at her nipples (my dad claims he can’t find them). My dad thinks this won’t work but i think it will… well, we’ll see how it goes. I really hope miracle baby & plump baby will survive.

Please pray for them.

Mummy Horlicks

Horlicks just gave birth to 2 babies! My parents just came home from dinner and my dad went to check on the rabbits. He heard Horlicks making darn a lot of noise, wanting to come out of her cage. Out of pity, he opened the door for her and ta-da! There were 2 baby rabbits there! Horlicks started pulling her fur outside the cage (talk about last minute work) so my dad scooped up the babies & placed them in the nesting box we prepared.As my dad was preparing the entire nesting facility (it’s now been upgraded to this wooden house with a cardboard box base, filled with nesting wool hollowed out in the middle), Horlicks jumped back into her cage… but i guess ‘cos she didn’t see her babies, she left the cage & stopped pulling her fur.

Anyway, after i came home, we did a search to make sure that there were no babies left stranded around the backyard. We found a whole clump of fur in the drain… guess Horlicks dumped the fur there when she couldn’t find her babies… so we removed the metal grating of the drain and i fished out the fur. We’ve placed the fur on top of the babies so hopefully Horlicks will know they’re there by the smell?

I couldn’t see the babies very clearly ‘cos they were in the nesting facility when i got home… my dad says they’re slightly shorter than Tim Tam but plumper. I saw a partial view of them and they were definitely a lot more pink!!

Please pray that Horlicks will know what to do ‘cos it really seems that the survival of baby rabbits depend 99% on the mother.

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We locked Horlicks back into her cage (she was roaming about the backyard and only returned to her cage to eat & drink but didn’t go see her babies) and she protested strongly. She wanted to come out but we quickly covered up the cage & switched off the lights. Hopefully she’ll settle down and learn to nurse her babies. My main worry is that she doesn’t know where the babies are! 🙁

The process of getting married

At a friend’s wedding dinner recently, we started talking about the process of getting married. Generally i’ve observed 2 common ways that Singaporeans get married. My observation is that Christians usually have a church wedding in the morning / early afternoon, and a wedding dinner at night, then go on a honeymoon, and stay together in their marital home after coming back. (Well, at least something very similar to that). Non-Christians on the other hand will ROM first, move into a flat together, then have a wedding dinner 2 years later.

Now this may be a little sensitive but i really don’t see the logic behind that lor. I mean, what’s the point of living together as a married couple for 2 years then have a wedding dinner? To me, it only goes to show that the wedding dinner is purely for show, whether it is to please the older generation, or for “face”.

I would rather not have a wedding dinner if that’s the case… but believe it or not… i actually want to have a wedding dinner. Somehow i think it’s cool to be able to ask people that matter to you to celebrate your wedding. It’s just so festive. 😛 Hence i’ve long made up my mind that should i ever get married, i’m going to have the works – “fetching the bride” in the morning, church wedding in the afternoon, dinner at night, then off to a honeymoon.

Clown & i have spoken about making long-term plans before… and he was actually for the idea of ROM-ing first, and having a dinner later! I objected vehemently! I was so set on my idea of how a wedding should be that i simply cannot imagine having it any other way. I explained to him the rational behind my thinking and how i didn’t want to do things in what i consider a meaningless & illogical way. But Clown brought up the fact that to fulfil my wish, we would need a lot of savings. A lot.

Strangely, when this same topic was discussed at my friend’s wedding, the gals agreed with me that they want to have the wedding dinner about the same time as their ROM / church wedding (depending on whether they were Christians or not). (I never expected that there would be a gender divide on this.) A guy who recently got married said that he wanted to do the ROM first dinner a few years later thing but his wife also objected. So the conclusion i got was that gals probably place more emphasis on the significance of getting married whereas guys may see a wedding as just a stage that a couple has to go through…. as in “i definitely want to spend my life with this person hence we have to do this thing called a wedding, so that we can get the paperwork done”. (OK, maybe not exactly like that but close…)

Anyhow, to all the people who keep asking whether i’m going to get married soon… the answer is no…. ‘cos i have no money. Haha. An estimate of the cost of getting married the way i want is about 40-50k. I’m a poor person. So now, besides an UTG Red Light Camera Fund, i’m setting up an UTG Getting Married Fund. All are welcome to donate.