|We got a new bunny a few weeks ago.
He's a Holland Lop and his name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, named of course after the lead character from the movie Gladiator. We got him through Craigslist, from a family whose daughter (and rabbit caretaker) had recently gone off to college. The reason we added another bunny to our
zoo household is that Dora is antisocial, and we felt that she could use some encouragement from one of her own kind. It turns out our plan is working pretty well. And try as he might (though he hasn't yet) an unneutered male rabbit can't impregnate a spayed female, so no baby bunnies for us.
One thing that became evident right away is that Max is the polar opposite of Dora. One telltale sign is his pose in the above picture. He's flopped down on the floor with his back feet out, which is how rabbits sit around when they're just chillin and they don't have a care in the world. Max does this often. Dora never does. For comparison sake, I made a helpful table:
|Can I pet you?||No, I'll scratch you. Then I'll bite you.||Yes, please.|
|Want to come out of your cage and run around?||No, I prefer to hide in my box.||Yes, please.|
|Can I pick you up?||No, I'll run away from you and make little grunting noises to scare you off.||Ok.|
|Did you use your litter box today?||Of course.||What's a litter box?|
|What stinks?||Probably you, jerk.||Sorry, I just pooped everywhere.|
And that pretty much sums it up. On the plus side, Dora is getting better with human interaction, and Max is getting better with the litter box. #nature