Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bunnydom activities of daily living - 4

As noted in earlier post: This week, RR will try to explore the Activities of Daily Living for bunnies. Won't hit them all in a single week, but we'll see what we can do.

#4 - Stay alert - always!

Staying alert is deeply bred into a bunny's DNA.
As Ethel demonstrates, they are forever on alert for a sound or
any other indication of an intruder, a potential threat.

Perceived danger is often communicated
to the other buns with a loud THUMP!
(Video of "Donald Thump" here. Turn your sound on.)

The sequence of detection, threat assessment and action can go like this:

Some sound, smell or movement alerts the bunny.
Lucy: That human is thinking about picking me up.

The bunny may "periscope" to better assess the threat.
Lucy: The humans are cleaning the pen
and that means grooming!

Defensive action - hide!
Lucy: This is the only place they have never been able to reach me.
Heh, heh, heh ...


  1. It's amazing the places they find to hide that humans cannot access without extreme suffering (for the human, not the rabbit)! They are even better at it than cats.