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Forum BEHAVIOR Binky or something else

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    • Jenn
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        Hello guys!

        I have noticed that my rabbit kind of jumps or move his head from side to side really fast when I talk to him for example when I kind of call him he does this or tend to run really fast from side to side.

        is he doing this due to his excitement or is he afraid or me ? I thought he did it kind of like a play with me thing but now I’m curious to know.

        thank you !


      • DanaNM
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          Sounds like it’s probably a binky  🙂

          When rabbits run out of fear they usually bolt to a hiding spot or panic and crash into things. 🙁

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        • Bam
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            Is your rabbit young? I’m not quite sure I understand exactly how you mean, but it sounds like a young rabbit using its repertoire of clever jumping. A binky is typically a turn or half turn in the air, but I often see my girl bun make sideways leaps.

            Rabbits and hares are extremely good at changing their track by jumping sideways. Its a very good way to throw a predator off their track. You can also sometimes see wild hares do it on fields as a part of their March Madness mating “dance”. It is believed to be a show of physical fitness, which of course is sth that hares look for in a partner.

             

             


          • Jenn
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              Yea he is pretty young ( 3 months)

              hard to explain what he does but is not a full binky when I call him he moves his head from side to side really quick as some dogs do when they want to play “tag” that’s the best way I can explain it lol.

              and sometimes instead of moving his head he starts running from side to side as if he were having zoomies.


            • Bam
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                If he’s so young, I think he’s just enjoying being young and happy! All young animals need exercise to develop their muscles and quick reflexes and speed. They do that by playing and its very good for them 😃

                He might go through a little fearful period when he hits puberty -it’s known as the spook age. During that period a bun (or pup) can be spooked by just about anything incl their own shadow. Its a normal part of growing up and it subsides.


              • LBJ10
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                  Probably what is sometimes referred to as a “head binky”.

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