Want to see some cute bunnies? Watch Animal Planet’s Live Bunny Cam!
Animal Planet has teamed up with the House Rabbit Society to offer Bunny Chats every Wednesday at 3pm EST with a House Rabbit Society educator. Find out the answers to all your bunny questions! Visit the Animal Planet Bunny Cam page here >
The Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society offers agility classes for rabbits. They’ve found that agility classes help owners bond with their pet rabbits.
Watch a great documentary about the rabbits and owners who participate, called Hop, Jump and Play:
After a bit of tinkering, we’ve redeveloped the website to include some new features:
- Search Bar
Many people had asked us to provide a search bar on the site. Now you can search for articles and blog posts using the search bar at the top of any page.
- Photo Gallery
Our new photo gallery allows us to add photos more efficiently. This means more frequent updates of the cute bunny photos that you submit. (If you’d like to submit photos, email email@example.com. Include your bunny’s name.)
- Optimized for Smart Phones and Tablets
The new site has a responsive design. This means the layout adapts to smaller screen sizes such as smart phones and tablets. When you’re browsing on these devices, the text will be large enough to be readable, and you also won’t have to do any side-scrolling.
- Slicker Comments Section
We cleaned up the styles on the comments section on the bunny blog. Now not only can you comment on the post, you can also reply directly to other comments. We also put in a new default bunny avatar in case you don’t have your own.
(Speaking of the blog, we put all of our Bunny Blogroll links on the Links page. That way all the links are accessible from one spot.)
- New Articles
We’ve added a few new articles to the site about misbehaving bunnies and about getting ready for a new house rabbit. Check out:
Rabbit Peeing on the Couch? What to Do
Help! My Rabbit Hates Me!
Preparing for Your First House Rabbit
How Much Does a Pet Rabbit Cost?
How to Care for a Pet Rabbit
We hope you like the new improvements. Tell us in the comments what you think!
Right before Christmas this past year, Buns Urgently Needing Shelter (B.U.N.S.) in Santa Barbara, CA received a delivery of 22 Palomino rabbits. Now, months later, the shelter still needs your help! (A delivery of 22 bunnies is a lot to take on all at once!)
Feeding time for the Christmas bunnies.
You can help the shelter by:
More about B.U.N.S.
B.U.N.S. is an independent non-profit corporation dedicated to the care and welfare of rabbits and guinea pigs. B.U.N.S. works to find bunnies and guinea pigs permanent homes, and educates the public on caring for their guinea pig and rabbit companion. Visit their website >
Coco takes a snooze on a dreary, rainy day.
As Easter draws near, it is important to spread the word that live rabbits should not be given as Easter gifts. While rabbits make excellent companions for some families, they have a unique set of needs that not everyone can meet.
Here are a few:
You will need to bunny-proof your home or else your rabbit will wreak havok.
Rabbits need plenty of space to exercise. They are social, curious, and intelligent animals. But they also have an incessant urge to chew. Everything from wooden chair legs to electrical wires to remote control buttons to mouldings are fair game to rabbits. Rabbit owners will need to take the time to properly protect and stow away personal belongings.
Rabbits need access to fresh hay at all times.
If you have grass allergies, a rabbit probably isn’t for you. Hay provides the primary sustenance for a rabbits to maintain digestive and dental health. You can’t just give them pellets.
Rabbits generally don’t like being held.
Although rabbits can be affectionate, they’re not as “huggable” as people imagine. Children and adults alike may be disappointed when Bunnikins won’t sit contentedly in their arms or laps. Most rabbits prefer to stay on the floor and have you sit on the floor with them (quietly).
For more information, read our article, Easter and Rabbits.
The latest Emergency Rescue Grant from the House Rabbit Society was awarded to Napa Humane Society and the student chapter of the UC Davis Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association to help pay for spays and neuters of 27 rabbits rescued from a field near the Fairfield landfill in Solano County, California.
If you would like to help rescue efforts like these, you can donate to the House Rabbit Society towards their Emergency Rescue Grant program. Learn more >
If you currently or have had a rabbit and are over 18 years old, you can fill out a survey called, “Exploring the experience of owning a pet rabbit.” The purpose of the survey is to gather information about rabbit ownership, rabbit-human relationships, and the challenges of ownership. The results will help develop educational materials for new rabbit owners and influence future research projects.
The study is being conducted by Dr. Jason Coe, DVM, PhD and Ms. Tasha Welch from the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph.
Take the survey at www.petrabbitsurvey.com.
One bunny archaeologist at Land’s End. Photo by: David Chapman Photography for Land’s End Landmark.
While constructing their intricate warrens, wild rabbits living on Land’s End, the westernmost point in England, recently unearthed some rare ancient treasures.
Big Heritage, a nonprofit archaeology organization, went on to conduct a thorough investigation of the site. The group found flint tools, hide scrapers and arrowheads that dated back at least 5,000 years.
“It’s amazing how a family of rabbits have set in motion an incredible journey of discovery. Within the immediate vicinity of Land’s End, we were able to see a visible timeline of Britain, stretching deep into prehistory,” says Big Heritage’s Dean Paton. “Whilst the landscape will have changed considerably over time, it’s likely that the stunning natural beauty of the site would have always been significant to humans.”
Read more about the discovery at History.com.