CabBits Blog by Cadbury

Cadbury offers insights into the world of house rabbits.
Rabbit Romance

When I was first introduced to Ivan it was at my Foster Mom's rescue center. The humans called it "neutral territory" and Bluebell fell for Ivan immediately. I kept my distance. Bluebell and Ivan spent nearly one hour flirting and rubbing noses. I knew all along that Bluebell thought I was too passive and "surfer dude" for her ambitions. She was open to a new beau. I just wanted to have a new home with the two humans that picked us at the pet store. I could get along with any rabbit to have heaven on earth with them.

Just after one hour of peace, Bluebell saw me sitting out in front of Ivan. Ivan was so relaxed with us. Suddenly, Bluebell decided to create jealousy. She ran along the side of Ivan and nipped him. She leapt over me and left Ivan to decide what happened. He decided it was my fault and want to bite me in the behind. The humans stopped talking and jumped into action. They separated us and realized they had left Bluebell with Ivan too long. This ended the potential for true bonding.

To this day, Bluebell entices Ivan but never really has loving intentions. She continues to play the "hard to get" role of a princess instead of realizing that she could have rule over the entire kitchen and dining room if she would only get along with Ivan. Our human companions keep hoping that she will accept Ivan. So far, their hopes have been dashed. She and Ivan lay next to each other every single day and night with a fence between them. When we are outside, Bluebell and Ivan follow each other along the fence that keeps them apart. Bluebell shows off by running, leaping, and dashing around the lawn. Ivan is too old to display his skills. He sits at the fence and pines for her. She comes back to the fence now and then to give him attention. He lives for her attention. She just leads him on over and over again.

Human beings cannot understand how or why rabbits make fast decisions about other rabbits they meet. Of course, the humans we have met have never had to face a predator or use their inner animal instincts. We love the yard because we can practice our skills of dodging predators and mapping our space for a safe haven in case a predator appears. It is a part of our natural development to hide, move faster than lightening to confuse a predator and to leap away from being captured without injury. There are hawks in the neighborhood. Cats are also free to roam over the fence too. We always have to ready.

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