Sunday, August 19, 2018

Crazy Cute Cali's

The New Zealand is a breed of rabbit, which despite the name, is American in origin. The breed originated in California, possibly from rabbits imported from New Zealand. New Zealand rabbits are available in five ARBA-recognized colors: white, red, black, blue, and broken (color mingled with white). Crossbreeding can result in many different combinations of the three basic pigmentations. The most common of these variations are gold tipped steel and chestnut agouti. They average 10 to 12 lb (5 kg) with the does being slightly larger than the bucks. New Zealands are bred for meat, pelts, show, and laboratory uses, being the most used rabbit breed both for meat production and animal testing. They are also bred as pet rabbits.
“New Zealand rabbit.” Wikipedia, 19 August. 2018  
Accessed 19 August, 2018.

So, remember back in high school when you learned about dominant and recessive genes? Yeah, I'm thinking either Bucky or Betty - or maybe both - aren't quite all what they appear to be. In Betty's last bunny batch, we ended up with quite the surprise. One, then two tiny black bunnies bumping around in the nest box. But then looking a little closer to get a head count, what did we find? Do we have some recessive genes at work here? Looks like we have two black NZ's and four crazy-cute Californians!

photos by Tim Severn