Meet Angora Eden Niko
I drove to Indiana this morning to meet a very nice young man, Dustin Maschino, who is selling several French Angora juniors for his friend who is ill. Her rabbitry is where the 'Angora Eden' prefix comes from. I wasn't sure what his name would be, but when I saw him, none of the ones I had considered seemed to fit. On the drive home, it came to me....Niko. (Nee-koh)
He is the result of a brother/sister mating ( ! ), so I thought about Caligula (ha - ha), but decided not to do that to the little guy, besides not wanting such a gruesome name here. Although that would be too close in most other species, I'm told that is done sometimes, but rarely, in rabbits for the same reason anyone would line-breed, to try to imprint good qualities on future generations.
His color is a mystery. Dad was a smoke pearl, Mom a lilac. In this photo from Dustin's blog, Niko's face and paws look very 'taupe,' but really he is quite a bit lighter. His face and front paws are a light beigey/fawn shade. He does have some gray mixed in on his nose, but lighter than the photo. His back paws are barely colored, and his tail is the same as his body color. His pedigree says 'lilac tort,' but Dustin says he is definitely a chocolate pearl. The irises of his eyes are dark for sure, but I haven't gotten a good enough look in strong light to make out the color, and his pupils definitely are a red/pink. His body color is a lovely creamy/white, and baby soft. He is still a 'baby,' at four months old, even though he is every bit as big as my other rabbits. (It's amazing how fast they grow)
He's a sweet little guy, who doesn't seem to mind being picked up - unlike 'the girls,' who still hate that - and seemed to take the car ride and new surroundings in stride. He is very inquisitive, sniffing everything, and sitting up on his back legs to look around. As before, the cats took a look, but were otherwise unperturbed, and he doesn't seem to mind them either . Niko is resting in his brand new cage now, getting used to his new home. No, I'm not planning to breed him to one of my girls. He will be a fiber producer. But now the next one ........