Rabbits! - Page 83
Poll Results: I love rabbits because...
27% (45)They're sooo cute!
7% (13)They're friendly!
22% (37)They're entertaining!
42% (70)They've cast me under their fluffy spell!
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People who believe that rabbits are naturally social creatures misunderstand the true nature of a rabbit. In the wild, the European wild rabbit is the only kind of rabbit that is ever found living in groups - every other kind of rabbit lives alone. This is why people think our domestic rabbit (which is descended from the European wild rabbit) is social. But when people have actually studied the behavior in the "groups" of wild rabbits, they have not found any kind of "social" behavior - no shared care of the young, no mutual grooming, none of the things that indicate a group bond. What they have observed, is that it is "every rabbit for itself" within the colony - and that even applies to the tunnels. Each tunnel has one owner; namely, the rabbit that dug it. If any other rabbit enters another rabbit's burrow, it is promptly attacked. There are no "friends" or "family" in a wild rabbit colony - there are dominant rabbits that have fought their way to the top of the pecking order, and subordinate rabbits that may spend a lot of time just getting out of the way of the dominants. The dominant rabbits usually have the tunnels that are at the center of the "warren," and the subordinates' tunnels are located more toward the edges.
When the researches have looked at the area the rabbits are living in, they have found that most of time, the rabbits are concentrated in areas that have the best conditions. The surrounding soil is too sandy, too wet, too rocky - for some reason, it can't support tunnels, so the rabbits are forced to live in the limited areas in which they can dig tunnels. In areas where good conditions are more widespread, the rabbits spread out - which makes it look like the rabbits live together by necessity rather than by choice.
Most of the people who have experience with breeding rabbits can tell tales of rabbit aggression as bad or worse than the ones I have mentioned. My rabbits have behaved like perfectly normal, intact, sexually mature rabbits do. The only thing that has been stressing them is that they don't have thousands of square feet of space in which to spread out and get as far away from each other as their instincts tell them they need to.
No animal is a human. They lack reason. They contribute to our lives with, companionship, food, clothing even, but at the end of the day it is our responsibility to make sure we meet the physical and mental needs of any animal we take in, for any purpose. What we may " want" may not. Be what they "need".
I firmly believe the Lord made every animal in perfection, its up to us to respect and support it. I do not mean to harp, or lecture, but i am amazed every day at the seperate perfection of my animals, and get a bit frustrated when we attach very human emotions to them. I apologize for such a long post, and wish everyone well.