Behaviour

Mutual grooming

Mutual grooming is part of a rabbit's natural behaviour. This image shows bonded wild rabbits.

Carrying hay

Carrying hay is to line a nest is characteristic of pregnancy and false pregnancy. Occasionally, this behaviour can be displayed in neutered females. This was the case in this image

Companionship

The companionship of other rabbits is important to rabbits, but neutering is essential to prevent pregnancy and aggression. The rabbits in the picture lived as a bonded trio for many years. There are two neutered males with a spayed female hand-reared wild rabbit. There are some occasions when rabbits may live without a companion. Examples include pet rabbits, especially entire males, that are closely bonded to their owner and receive a lot of attention. Loss of one of a bonded pair in a household that does not want to keep rabbits forever is another situation. Some older females can be difficult to bond again and seem to enjoy their own company.

Black rabbit

Wild rabbits in UK are descendants of rabbits that escaped from warrens where there were bred for meat, fur and sport. In some warrens, they were selectively bred for coat colour and texture. Natural selection has resulted in agouti rabbits as they are more obvious to predators, such as foxes with limited colour vision. This is evident in the photo

Black and agouti wild rabbits

This colour image of the black rabbit shows the presence of four agouti rabbits (bottom left) that are camouflaged by their colour