Sentient Rabbits:

Grief

 

 

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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.

 

Grief

Rabbits have friends, they have bonded partners for whom they grieve when they die.

 

The story below gives insight into how grief may manifest in a rabbit.
 

I take it as a given that rabbits share many emotions that humans exhibit, including love, like, dislike, hate, grief, loneliness, sadness, and more. That rabbits can be aggressive is obviously undeniable, based on the studies of territorial behavior carried out both in the wild and in confinement. But is their aggression always territorial in nature? Not from my experience. Within my home, there are rabbits who have shared the same room and yard for years, who have no greater territorial claim to the space than the other, who simply do not like each other, and will go out of their way to either avoid, or to in some cases, attack, their enemy. This is not a case of a dominant rabbit patrolling the borders of his territory to keep out newcomers, or to keep underlings in line, but a case of two relative equals with an undisguised hatred towards each other. Other rabbits display aggression in other ways that are unexplained by traditional behavior studies.

For instance, Jake, a small Dutch rabbit, had outlived three girlfriends in the time that he lived with me, and his way of dealing with the loss of each one was to take it out on other rabbits around him. After he lost his first two girlfriends, Ramona and Georgette, within a short period of time, it seemed like he lost his grounding. Ramona, a bossy, pushy girl, had structured his life; after she died, he didn’t have her to make the decisions for him. So he blindly lashed out at the other rabbits in the group, fighting with whoever made the mistake of coming near him, and I eventually had to remove him from the group. When Rosita, a baby Dutch, arrived not much later, I thought it might be worth introducing someone to Jake again. The two hit it off, not only becoming fast friends but soon welcoming Abe, a six-year-old, one-eyed dwarf, into their circle. Yet when Rosie suddenly died, Jake reacted just as he had when his first two friends had died—with anger. He began to attack the others to with whom he now lived, attacking them whenever they approved. When he died, Jake still had not calmed down, lashing out at the others until the end.

Please continue reading:
https://sites.google.com/site/toomanybunnies/care/social-rabbits

 

This is a good all round article about rabbits with a section concerning emotion which has antidotes relating to how grieving rabbits behave.

 

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.

 

Select other aspects of rabbit sentience.

 

General intelligence

 

Compassion

 

Playfulness

 

Altruism

 

Pleasure

 

Love

 

Friendship

 

Heroism
 

Emotion in rabbits

 

 

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