Sunday Sketch: Bunny Buddies

Domestic rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus), much like the wild European rabbits they descend from, are highly social and often do best when living in at least a pair.ย In larger groups, it is possible that a more pronounced social hierarchy could be established, as suggested by anecdotes from a rabbit sanctuary. There are alsoย some observational reports on laboratory-housed rabbits that showed that rabbits often seek out body contact with conspecifics when given the opportunity.ย 

Fact and sketch contributed by Amanda Puitiza

[Edited by Adrian Perez]


DiVincenti Jr, L., & Rehrig, A. N. (2016). The social nature of European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, 55(6), 729-736.

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