(GRAPHIC) Deformed kits wtf happened here?

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Sometimes it's just bad genetic match ups. When I was breeding NZRs I had to import some bucks from an out of state breeder (the local pool was too small after 5 years) and I had nothing but problems with those litters. No deformities, but suddenly litters went from 10+ went to 5 or 6, internal organ failures, stuff like that. Once I removed those bucks from the breeding pool, the litters went back to normal. Sometimes, it's just not a good match despite best intentions.
 

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Those kits looked like hippos (at least I think that's the right term). But that's a dwarf rabbit thing, which makes me reallly wonder what was in the genetic make up of those mutt rabbits.
 

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I will agree with Zee-Man regarding the possiblity of a teratogen--I also considered such a thing. I live near a superfund site, and the soil is badly contaminated. Eating anything out of that area is not reccomended. However, I also think Preitler is right that it would be likely a fairly wide spread thing, with known issues in the area--just as I am aware of sites of industrial toxicity in my area, such as the area around Hanford, the Duwamish, etc. It would be a good idea to know the history of the property you are living on, and a soil test for toxins might be a good idea also if the problem recurrs with other animals.
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I wouldn't be too sure that "farmland" implies safety. Check out this article about the teratogenic effects of Roundup.
I agree Zee-man, old "farm land" makes me suspicious too. I also live in Canada and many farmers continue to use scary chemicals especially in mono crop farming. Even if this was a one off with your doe I would check the soil. You never know!
 
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