Shedding from the ears


Tal Saarony

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I have had house rabbits for the past six and a half years; while all of them seem to be shedding to one degree or another most of the time, this is the first time I have seen fur being shed from the ears. Currently Motek (a 7 year old female) is shedding very lightly all over. The other day I observed that parts along the edges of Motek's ears were noticeably darker than the rest of her, rough, and ragged. In some spots it appeared as if an 1/8" (0.3 cm) of ear were missing. No evidence of parasites, insect bites, or any injury was seen.

When I pulled gently on the rough edges of the ears, tufts of fur came out.

The old fur, the skin along the edges, and the newly emerging fur can all be seen.