A rabbit named "Styrian"
Welcome to Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf!
Rabbits were originally native of Europe. Nowadays, they can be found on almost all continents. Only Antarctica might be too cold for them, but that is where the snow-white polar rabbit lives. Rabbits are of course children's favourites: they can be stroked, children learn to take responsibility by feeding the animals, mucking out the hutch, and so on. Over the years, many rabbits have found a new home at Gut Aiderbichl. Currently, 30 rabbits live in the rabbit house. These are animals that very often are given as presents at Easter or for birthdays, and unfortunately could not be kept in the flat or needed a new home for some other reason.
The rabbit comes from Styria from a family that had rabbits as pets for many years. When a rabbit died, a new rabbit was immediately brought in so that the animals did not get bored. Rabbits want to live in a group. At some point, the family decided to stop keeping rabbits - but where to go with the Styrian now?
The Styrian has now found four new friends
We were asked to take in the rabbit. At first, it was a little nervous and incompatible, but gradually it integrated itself into the existing rabbit group.
Interestingly, male rabbits are called bucks in hunter's language and breeders call them rabbit bucks. Over time, the Styrian has four male rabbits or bucks wrapped around her little rabbit paws. The names of the bucks, who are very concerned about the Styrian, are Klopfer, Hopsi, Moritz and Polly. They play and cuddle together and share grasses, herbs and wild flowers. The animals on the Aiderbichl farms are castrated so that we don't get too many young animals. Breeding animals is not a goal of Gut Aiderbichl. Rather, it is about showing respect for our fellow creatures, offering them a life appropriate to their species and letting them feel as much love as possible.
Soon it's off to the hare enclosure
The days are getting warmer, spring is coming and the animals want to spend more and more time outdoors. Our rabbit enclosure is lovingly designed. There are plenty of opportunities for them to hide. They can dig, race with the other bunnies or simply sleep in the sun. In the late afternoon, however, it's back to the hare house. And there Styrian, Klopfer, Hopsi, Moritz and Polly cuddle themselves to sleep together every evening. Let's wish our bunnies a beautiful spring.