The following from the House Rabbit Association
could well be included in several categories in this
section on sentience in rabbits. It is a moving
story of grief, love and devotion between rabbits.
"JOEY, A YOUNG HOLLAND LOP,
was neglected so badly that infections left him
blind in one eye and with limited sight in the
other, deaf, and with chronic respiratory problems.
He could have been a candidate for euthanasia
because he sat in his house like a live lump of fur,
not responding to anything. That is, until Trixie
Though young, the stunted mini lop had terrible
malocclusion requiring removal of her incisors
shortly after she arrived. People were also not on
her "favorite things" list. Fortunately, fate placed
her house next to Joey. The interest on the part of
both bunnies couldn't be ignored, and since both
were likely to be permanent fosters, they were
introduced. It was rare, bunny-love at first sight.
Joey and Trixie were moved into a larger suite
suitable for two bunnies, and Joey got more
attention than he'd ever had. Trixie not only became
his "seeing eye" bunny, also kept his bad eye
thoroughly cleansed. The infection from his prior
life had sealed the tear duct with scar tissue, so
that his eye wept constantly and required unwelcome
cleaning from human hands. Soft licks from Trixie,
however, were a completely different story. Everyone
who saw them was charmed by their total devotion to
The following is a comment in response to the
Are rabbits capable of loving?
"My rabbit loved me, you could see it in his eyes
as he came up just to be close to me. He'd cuddle up
on my lap and enjoy a nice pat, he'd give me kisses
and look at me with adoration.
I believe any and all animals feel love, hate,
happiness, anger and sadness just like we humans do"
Many people question if rabbits rabbits can love
humans? While we can never really know whether a
person really loves us or if the feelings we ascribe
to love are the same for each individual I think the
following video shows clearly that this little bunny
loves in a rabbit way his guardian.
""If a bunny grooms you,
he/she thinks you are one of its kind..."... so does
that mean my baby thinks I'm a huge bunny?? ~_~""
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.
I am not an
animal expert of any kind just your average person who
loves animals, all animals, and feels deeply about the
plight of many of our fellow creatures. Neither am I a
writer, or any other expert. Therefore please keep in
mind that the information included in this website has
been researched to the best of my ability and any
misinformation is quite by accident but of course