I would like to thank the entire crew for Aksi Si Comel segment of the Selamat Pagi Malaysia segment especially Mr. Al, Cik Hasnia and the host En. Hezri for giving us the opportunity to show case and talk about the Holland Lop.
The interview went very well this morning. I was so nervous and out of sync at the beginning . I hope what I have said make sense. LOL! Here is the much awaited video and below is the translation for my friends is USA. It is a pity that Truffles wasn’t in the mood and was extremely nervous so he had to stay in the carrier.
It was a good interview but I wasn’t perfect in my answer so I have written some corrections in the translation.
Host (Hezri): The cute featured pet this week is the Holland Lop. With me to talk more about them today is Adesh and Timothy. How do you do?
Both: Fine, Thank you
Host (Hezri): These doesn’t seemed to be regular rabbits that I normally see. What is so special about these rabbits?
Tim: These are imported rabbits called Holland Lop. Their ears droop and that is where the “Lop” comes from. It has taken breeders more than 20 years to develop this breed.
Host (Hezri): This one with Timothy is a little larger than this one with Adesh and seemed more active. What are the differences between them both?
Adesh: This is the younger one. Just turned 4 months and the one with Timothy is 2 years old.
Host (Hezri): How long is the lifespan of these rabbits?
Tim: If well taken care of, on average they can live up to 7 years and some are known to have lived up to 12 years old.
Host (Hezri): Will the fur lengthen according to the age?
Tim: No, they will molt. They will have a major molt once or twice a year. If the molt is bad, they will go bald too (GRIN).
Host (Hezri): Which is male and which is female?
Tim: The one here is a female
Adesh: And this one’s a male
Host (Hezri): The male one seemed to be better?
Adesh: Not necessary, it depends very much on who’s holding (LOL)
Host (Hezri): What do these rabbits eat?
Tim: There has been a lot of misunderstanding. Many people feed rabbits with carrots which are not suitable at all because the sugar content in carrot is high that could cause obesity.
We normally give them hay. The name is Timothy Hay, but it is not mine. The hay is their staple food. And to balance up the diet, we add some pellets. I use Pro Optimum pellets which is also imported from USA by chubbypetsgarden.com. It is now much easier to find their basic neccessity compared to earlier days.
Host (Hezri): What is the contents in the pellet and what is the most important ingredient needed by rabbits?
Tim: Fiber is the most important ingredient in a rabbit’s diet.
Host (Hezri): I see some feeding Kang Kung, is that proper?
Tim: No, Kang Kung is known to cause wind in rabbits. See, how much misunderstanding we have in the basic necessities of rabbits.
Host (Hezri): I agree, when we don’t really understand, we don’t know much about the basic needs. Other than diet, what else is important for rabbits?
Tim: One thing that is important is that I personally found many give up keeping rabbits in a short period of time due to the odor problem emmited from their urine. To solve that problem, No.1, we use a good pellet. And secondly, we use the litter tray. You’ll be surprise how rabbits can be litter trained.
We use the Woody Pet pellets to absorb the urine and to mask the ammonia smell. I hope more people will learn how use the litter tray for their rabbits so there would be less giving up their rabbits.
Host (Hezri): As far as caging and confinement space? What is appropriate?
Adesh: The best is to have space for the rabbits to run. The cage below is too small and should only be used for traveling purposes only. It would be best to have space for them to run and exercise. Else, we can also let them out of their cage at least once a day.
Host (Hezri): Can we allow the rabbits to run freely in the gardens?
Adesh: It would be best to be under supervision. They can run pretty fast and it would be a problem if they do escape.
Host (Hezri): Roughly how much is needed to maintain or upkeep a rabbit?
Tim: The food itself would be Ringgit Malaysia 50 per month. That is not inclusive of its cage which is up to the owner which type that they prefer.
Host (Hezri): So that is fairly reasonable. I would like to try to hold one of these cuties. Oooh, I am not that good right now. Anyhow, thank you very much Tim and Adesh.
Both: Thank you very much!
Disclaimer: No rabbits were drugged or hurt during this interview.
More photos & videos to come later!
Credits: Photos courtesy of Chestnut Pictures and HLRSC T-Shirt courtesy of Aunt Karen L. Novina!