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To add interest I have interspersed this commentary with thought provoking quotations from philosophers, ethicists, scientists and other notable thinkers both past and present.

This is part of a section called Sentient Rabbits which focuses on aspects of rabbit sentience.

 

Emotions in rabbits

 

The following article discusses emotion in rabbits and has examples of what to look for, such as rabbits grooming one another, sitting close by one another and following each other around is a sign of love while feelings of anger results in biting, growling and lunging with front paws.

 

Rabbits are capable of a wide range of emotions including jealousy, anger, fear, grief, love, irritability and insecurity. Understanding what is really going on in any particular rabbit's head may take months or even years of patient observance, particularly when you do not know the history of the rabbit from birth. Their method of communicating via body language can make it tricky to understand what they are saying and furthermore every rabbit has its own personality and may express its emotions in different ways.

 

Continue reading includes indicators of the following rabbits emotions: Love, contentment, Joie de vivre, fear irritability, bossiness, jealously, insecurity and grief:

 

Psychology of rabbits
http://www.bunnyhugga.com/a-to-z/rabbit-behaviour/rabbit-psychology.html
 

The following article concerns the author's observations after interacting with her own house rabbits.

 

Characteristics of Rabbits
By Evka VaökovŠ, Slovakia, Europe

 

People who don't know much about rabbits don't have any idea about the characteristics of these amazing creatures. If they knew, they would never think about them the same again. 

Having spent many hours with my rabbits watching them, I will describe some of my observations. 

If your rabbit is happy, she might run to you immediately as you enter the room after coming home from work. She might jump around, binkying. 

When you sit with them and start petting them, their contentment is indicated by teeth grinding or purr-grrr-ing. They also can lick your hands, sometimes a sign of gratefulnes. If you bend down to them they also might lick your face-especially your nose. People who don't know much about rabbits don't have any idea about the characteristics of these amazing creatures. If they knew, they would never think about them the same again.

Having spent many hours with my rabbits watching them, I will describe some of my observations.

If your rabbit is happy, she might run to you immediately as you enter the room after coming home from work. She might jump around, binkying.

When you sit with them and start petting them, their contentment is indicated by teeth grinding or purr-grrr-ing. They also can lick your hands, sometimes a sign of gratefulnes. If you bend down to them they also might lick your face-especially your nose.

Read more of  Evka's observations

http://www.rabbit.org/journal/5-6/characteristics.html

 

The conversation on this thread suggests that not only are rabbits capable of emotion but they can sense emotion in their companion human.
 

Here is an example:
 

"I've noticed that when I'm angry or stressed bun will sometimes ignore me or stay far away from me, even though it's just how I feel on the inside and I'm not stomping around or anything. If I'm calm or cheerful, she's much more likely to seek out affection. A rabbit can also definitely tell the tone of your voice from just inflection even if you're speaking at the same volume."


Read more here:

http://www.rabbitsonline.net/showthread.php?t=71891
 

Pet subjects: does my rabbit understand me?

Our resident expert Pete Wedderburn on keeping old dogs' brains active and rabbit emotions.
 

Can rabbits understand emotions? My pet rabbit, Ed, hops up and sits quietly beside me when Iím feeling sad, and jumps around enthusiastically when Iím in a good mood.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/pets/9930194/Pet-subjects-does-my-rabbit-understand-me.html

Rabbits Are Very Good at Mirroring Our Emotions 

"Something else I have noticed for a while now is that when I am mad about something, the rabbits will thump and become anxious over seemingly nothing. It took me a while to see that they were mirroring me; when I was relaxed they were more relaxed, and when I was upset they were easily upset. Even when Jon and I would debate something the rabbits would get upset and start thumping."


http://www.thebunnyguru.com/rabbits-good-mirroring-emotions/

 

More stories, information, videos, will be added as they come to my attention. If you have a story or information to share about rabbits showing compassion please contact me:

Particularly welcome are personal anecdotes about your companion rabbit or any rabbit known to you personally.  Don't worry about writing skills or lack thereof, it matters not, what is important is to share as many stories that show that rabbits are sentient beings, intelligent, compassionate, loving, playful and so on. It is important to get people to realise that rabbits are aware, intelligent have emotions including the ability to be playful, happy, contented but that they also experience pain and suffering.

 

 

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