|Barked: Mon Nov 19, '12 7:03pm PST |
|Do they also flip it over and hold it down by the neck?! Do these people realize that rabbits can literally die of fright? This is making me angry...rabbits are my favorite animal(sorry Natasha!), and it just makes me fume with anger when I hear about people who do idiotic stupid things like this, it's obvious they don't know the first thing about taking care of a prey animal. Aaaargh!
I have had to deal with aggressive rabbits before, and it's not fun. But there is no way these methods would have worked. I did pin a rabbit down a few times, but he was in the midst of ripping the ears off another rabbit and kicking his feet with all his strength trying to disembowel the other rabbit. I held him down just long enough to pick up the injured rabbit, then let him go. During the brief time I held him down, he went from angry killer rabbit to a frightened quivering mess and ran off to hide after I let him go. I ended up having to find new homes for both of the rabbits, my home environment at the time just didn't suit them.
My current rabbit, Ava, would probably have no trouble with me pinning her down, but that is because she trusts me and knows I wouldn't hurt her(but I've never had any good reason to do so, she's an angel!). I have put her on her back and "hypnotized" her, but again she completely trusts me and lets me do it(it's the easiest way I know to clip bunny nails). Even though she trusts me not to hurt her, she would be scared out of her mind if I were to swoop down suddenly and grab her to pick her up or flip her onto her back. No matter how brave or aggressive a rabbit is, they are still prey animals, and they will react like one in uncertain situations.
ETA: About aggressive rabbits, that's quite common, especially if they're intact. Cage aggression is also quite common.
On the other hand, cats ARE trying to take over the world and enslave dogs and humankind...
Edited by author Mon Nov 19, '12 7:10pm PST
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