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.”
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?
The Small Animal Rescue Society of B.C. is offering a different kind of yoga class this fall. Bunny yoga introduces adoptable rescue rabbits into the serene environment while class participants stretch and strengthen. The rabbits are supervised by SARS volunteers to ensure their safety. The event helps bring awareness about rabbits being suitable house pets for city dwellers. Learn more at Vancity Buzz and the SARS Facebook page.
Stretch it out, Coco!
For people who could use a little “cute” in their lives, the event sounds like it would hit the spot. I can say from personal experience working out with house rabbits, it certainly adds excitement to the mix. Coco and Cosette enjoy being active participants in my workout, engaging in the following activities:
Chewing the corner of my mat while I’m in the middle of a set
Sitting under me when I’m doing push-ups or holding a plank position
Digging on my back while I’m trying to stretch
Trying to eat the pedal strap as I’m pedaling my stationary bike
Comedian, actress, and house rabbit advocate Amy Sedaris recently gave an interview in Style Magazine. She spoke about her rabbit Dusty, who recently passed away at 12 years old, Tattletale, her first rabbit, as well as general tidbits about living with house rabbits. Here are some highlights.
Regarding her friend, Stephen Colbert:
“Stephen wasn’t crazy about getting a rabbit. His kids wanted one and he didn’t want the responsibility, but he got a little black bunny, who actually just had its leg amputated. And I went over to his house and was like, ‘Stephen! You’re doing everything wrong!’ and I sent him hay and books and information. Now the rabbit is doing really well!”
On pampering her bunnies:
“One time on Strangers, we did an Indians episode. I brought the tepee back to my apartment, and Tattletale lived in that for a while.”
On rabbit behavior:
“Give them any kind of cardboard to chew on. They love it. They chew everything. My rabbits chewed my shoes and the side of my bed. They shredded my bed skirts. All of my clothes still have holes. If you really love your rabbit, you won’t care.”
Two pet rabbits alerted their owners to a kitchen fire one night in Tucson. Nicole Ochotorena, her husband, and their three children were all asleep when the fire broke out. The rabbits stomped their feet in their cage, waking the owners up. The smoke alarms did not go off.
“My bunnies are my lifesavers,” Ochotorena said. “They saved my life and they saved my kids.”
But then they go on to exhibit feats of acrobatic brilliance. Their binkies and Bunny 500s, with their exuberant choreography, are thrilling to watch.
They can be extremely cautious and timid, tiptoeing and bowing their heads as they slowly inch forward to investigate a new sight or smell. Yet there are times of sheer audacity when they balance precariously on an unstable stack of boxes or the back of the couch.
Sometimes they make their presence known with thunderous gnawing on their cardboard castles and wooden toys, uncannily timing it for when you’re in the middle of an important phone call.
And yet, they have their moments of ninja-like skill. You go to toss something in the trash can and realize your rabbits are flopped by your feet. How long have they been there? you wonder. Minutes? Hours?
Contrasts like these are well-known to bunny people, and they’re a large part of why we love them!
Watch an adorable video below of Edward, a rescued rabbit with large floppy ears, as he goes on an adventure. Edward was taken in by Special Bunny Rescue in 2012 when he was found in a state of starvation. Look at him go now!
T.H.E. Rabbit Resource, the New York State Chapter of the House Rabbit Society, is in dire need of your support. They recently took in a significant number of pregnant strays and rescues, and now, as you’d expect, they have a baby bunny bounty on their hands.
Some of the babies have major health issues, such as one little guy known as Renny Hillbilly James. This bunny is severely underweight and is also in need of a couple surgeries.
Watch the beautiful story of Heather and Lillian who are currently living at the HRS Rabbit Center after starting their lives as lab rabbits. These two experienced many firsts at the rescue – first loving touch, first hay, first lettuce, first flop. They are waiting to be adopted into their first (and forever) loving home.
When a vet suggested Heidi, a continental giant rabbit with arthritis, should try hydrotherapy, people were skeptical. While other arthritic animals, like dogs, have taken to the water therapy with success, Heidi’s owner, Amanda Williams, was sure her rabbit would hate the pool. But when Heidi was dressed in a life jacket and placed in the heated pool, the rabbit took to it like a “duck to water” according to Williams. After her sessions, Heidi is carefully dried to avoid hypothermia.
Williams is pleased with the results. “She is certainly a lot more lively and is obviously benefiting from this treatment,” she said.
Watch a video of Heidi swimming in her buoyancy jacket at the BBC.