Potential roommate Tonya meets Moo for the first time. Photo by Yana Paskova, New York Times.
Moo is a two-year-old black and white bunny. His owners, Ashley Chui and Arthur Chow, thought he might be lonely while they were at work. So they enlisted the help of Amy Odum, a longtime volunteer of Animal Care Centers of NYC and a bunny matchmaker.
She places Moo in a small room and brings in a few potential roommates. He is met with a range of reactions: rebuffs, disinterest, mounting, and sniffing– everything a bunny owner should expect when introducing potential bond mates.
To read the full delightful account of Moo’s speed dating session, see the New York Times article, “Speed Dating Rabbits.”
You can also learn about the process of bonding bunnies in our article, Bonding Your Pet Bunnies.
If you’ve got a single bun, bunny speed dating might be something to consider. Your bunny may enjoy the companionship of another rabbit. With February being Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, why not schedule a speed dating session at your local rabbit rescue or shelter?
From NY Daily News:
It wasn’t love at first sight for Phyllis and Irving, nor was there fur flying – a good sign when it comes to bunny speed-dating.
Irving, a New Zealand white, eagerly tried to sniff “Filli” as the lop-mix hopped around the exercise pen during their two-minute exchange. Four weeks later, the love bunnies started living together in a Manhattan apartment.
Rabbit Rescue & Rehab, the New York House Rabbit Society Chapter, holds “speed dating” sessions for single buns. Owners of solo rabbits who think their pet may like a companion can set up meetings in a neutral location with available rabbits up for adoption. (Note: All the rabbits have been spayed or neutered!) If the fur doesn’t fly, chances are there will be a suitable match.
Read the full article here: NY Daily News.
If you have a single, spayed/neutered bunny, you can set up “speed dating” sessions with a rabbit rescue near you. Check out Petfinder.com to find local shelters.