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Sometimes rabbits snooze so deeply that you would swear they are dead. And if you touch one of your zonked out rabbits either you will startle them badly or they will wake up slowly with a somewhat hung over attitude.
Some folks I know over at backyard rabbits were kind enough to share images of their zonked out rabbits.
From Jennifer. Here is this cutie sleeping on his mom
Bunnies that are sleeping soundly can be found in all sorts of positions. On their sides, on their back, lying flat on their tummies, and/or wrapped over or under another bunny. They are completely dead to the world.
Zonked out Rabbits – Alive or Dead?
Some rabbits you will never catch sleeping. NEVER. It’s like they are too aware of their surroundings to be caught dead to rights. Those bunnies would make excellent feral rabbits. 🙂 But others you catch sleeping all the time.
It is horrible when you look into your rabbitry and see what you think is a sleeping bunny only to discover that actually no, this time that zonked rabbit is indeed dead.
Most of the time though, that apparently dead rabbit isn’t and often you won’t know until you touch that rabbit. A truly zonked out rabbit has slow, very quiet breathing. So you reach in to touch….do be mindful of startled rabbits though…. just saying… be careful.
Katie mentioned that “No pic but I went to check rabbits one day and a doe was laying in a weird position I opened the cage and touched her and scared her so bad she bit me 😂” Mental note: NEVER scare a zonked out rabbit, it’s just not in your own best interest (other than reassuring yourself they are alive).
Katie later sent me this sleeping beauty.
Savannah of Thistle Dew Ridge says” I’ve had rabbits sleep deeply before but this was the first time I walked in to one sleeping with its eyes rolled like that lol”
Brianna told me this: ” I had some English Lops, they used to pass out so deeply, I had to physically pick them up to get them to wake up.
They were never too impressed lol! “
Jolene of The Metropolitan Homestead sent me this harlequin coloured bunny enjoying a well earned rest.
Danielle tells me this about her wee little one,” Zonked 1 1/2 week old. It was pretty warm and I though he was a dead until I poked him “
Some people shared video which I didn’t know how to share here. If you are a member of backyard rabbits you can visit that thread here.
Others in This Series
- American Fuzzy Lop.
- Baby Bunnies.
- Culling well.
- Discussing Death.
- Errors in Judgement.
- Feeding Rabbits.
- The G’s of rabbits.
- Holland Lops.
- Interesting facts about rabbits.
- The Joy of Bunnies.
- Choosing Rabbits to Keep.
- Leaping Lagomorphs.
- The Scoop on Poop.
- Not Wanted Rabbits.
- Over the Hill.
- Educating Pet Rabbit Buyers.
- Rescues and Breeders.
- Shelving Babies.
- Travelling with Rabbits.
- U asked.
- Vetting Your Rabbits.
- Wide World of Rabbits.
- Rabbit X-rays.
- Yogurt Drops and Rabbit Treats.
Letter Z Link Up
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