(From Laura, a volunteer with TAS-South's small domestics)
Circe has not had an easy life. I first met her in the back room at the shelter, where she was standing guard over her seven newborn kits, skinny and scared out of her mind.
She'd been abandoned to the wild when she got pregnant, and had given birth underneath a porch. After spending a week begging for food from neighbours, TAS was called in and the family was taken to the shelter. She was very underweight, but somehow she had managed to keep all seven of her kits fat and healthy and safe.
I took the group home for foster so that she could raise her little ones in a safe place. She was shy, but gentle, and we managed to become friends over the next few months. Once they were old enough, they all got fixed and headed back to the shelter.
The others were slowly adopted, until Circe was left along with the runt of the litter, her son Zeus. Zeus had always been the shyest of the litter, and very attached to his mom. By the time they were the last ones left, it was clear they would have to go as a pair.
Finally, they were adopted. I thought that was the end of it, until last month, when a very familiar looking pair showed up in the room. Zeus was huge now, but Circe recognized me and ran up to greet me the same way she always had. It turned out that they had been returned, after six months. The person who adopted them had not been able to care properly for herself, let alone two rabbits. When the owner got to the point where personal problems were too much, Circe and Zeus found themselves back at the shelter.
I can't imagine how Circe felt, scared and protecting her son in the shelter again, right back where she started. She remains a sweet, gentle, quiet girl, while Zeus remains a big wimp. Unsurprisingly, he is incredibly attached to his mom - she has, after all, been the only constant in his young life. He still tries to hide underneath her, despite being bigger than her (you can see him trying to hide behind her in some of the photos, he's the black/grey one).
Zeus gets extremely anxious when he can't see her, so they can never be separated. Both are easy to handle, and while they're shy, they're very gentle and enjoy being petted and brushed.
A bonded pair is never easy to adopt out, especially when they're large and shy. They're too big for cages so they will need to live free-range or in an xpen.
Circe and Zeus are probably going to sit in the shelter for months again, but hopefully by spreading the word, we can help prevent that. I really love these two and honestly, if I didn't already have a pair, I would take them home myself.