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  1. Bunny Besties

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    Bunny Besties is an all-volunteer nonprofit that addresses the heightened stress in our community.  We do it with cuddly loving bunnies and with the principles founded through studies at Mayo Clinic and our work with Boynton Health Services at the University of Minnesota.   Our...

  2. What Makes a Rabbit Cute? Preference for Rabbit Faces Differs according to Skull Morphology and Demographic Factors

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    | Contributor(s):: Naomi D. Harvey, James A. Oxley, Giuliana Miguel-Pacheco, Emma M. Gosling, Mark Farnworth

    Domesticated rabbits typically exhibit shorter, flatter skulls than their wild counterparts (brachycephalism). However, brachycephaly is associated with considerable health problems, including problems with dentition. The aim of this study was to establish which type of rabbit face people...

  3. The Status of Pet Rabbit Breeding and Online Sales in the UK: A Glimpse into an Otherwise Elusive Industry

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    | Contributor(s):: Emma M. Gosling, Jorge A. Vázquez-Diosdado, Naomi D. Harvey

    Conditions of pet rabbit breeding colonies and breeder practices are undocumented and very little is known about the pet rabbit sales market. Here, multiple methods were employed to investigate this sector of the UK pet industry. A freedom of information request sent to 10% of councils revealed...

  4. A Survey of Rabbit Handling Methods Within the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland

    | Contributor(s):: Oxley, James Andrew, Ellis, Clare Frances, McBride, E. Anne, McCormick, Wanda Denise

    Rabbits are commonly kept in a variety of settings, including homes, laboratories, and veterinary clinics. Despite the popularity of keeping this prey species, little research has investigated current methods of handling. The aim of this study was to examine the experience of caregivers (owners...

  5. Social Behavior of Adult Male New Zealand White Rabbits Housed in Groups or Pairs in the Laboratory

    | Contributor(s):: Jr, Louis DiVincenti, Rehrig, Angelika

    Rabbits are usually singly housed in laboratories, but a new emphasis on providing social housing for social species has prompted exploration of alternative housing for this species. However, a paucity of literature on the social behavior of rabbits in captivity has prevented scientific-based...

  6. Relocation and Hair Cortisol Concentrations in New Zealand White Rabbits

    | Contributor(s):: Peric, Tanja, Comin, Antonella, Corazzin, Mirco, Montillo, Marta, Canavese, Federico, Stebel, Marco, Prandi, Alberto

    To investigate how long relocation modified hair cortisol concentrations in New Zealand white rabbits, 19 rabbits were subjected to a change in their breeding facility at the beginning of the trial and then were kept under stable environmental conditions. Hair samples were collected at the time...

  7. Rabbit relinquishment through online classified advertisements in the United Kingdom: when, why, and how many?

    | Contributor(s):: Neville, Vikki, Hinde, Keith, Line, Elaine, Todd, Rae, Saunders, Richard Anthony

    To identify implicit causes of companion rabbit relinquishment, this study investigated whether there was annual and seasonal variation in the number of advertisements and ages of rabbits posted as free or for sale on classified websites in the United Kingdom. The number of advertisements posted...

  8. Analysis of Factors Relating to Companion Rabbits Relinquished to Two United Kingdom Rehoming Centers

    | Contributor(s):: Ellis, Clare F., McCormick, Wanda, Tinarwo, Ambrose

    Rabbits are a common companion animal in the United Kingdom, and some reports have suggested that large numbers are relinquished to rehoming centers each year. This study aimed to investigate the characteristics of rabbits relinquished to 2 UK rehoming centers and explore reasons given for...

  9. Size does matter: The effect of enclosure size on aggression and affiliation between female New Zealand White rabbits during mixing

    | Contributor(s):: Valuska, Annie J., Mench, Joy A.

    Social enrichment is increasingly employed to improve the welfare of laboratory animals, including rabbits. However, the high levels of injurious aggression that can occur when unfamiliar adult rabbits are introduced to one another are a barrier to implementing social housing. One factor that...

  10. The effects of mild maternal undernutrition on the post-weaning behaviour of rabbits

    | Contributor(s):: Simitzis, Panagiotis E., Skoupa, Eleni-Patapia, Goliomytis, Michael, Kominakis, Antonis, Deligeorgis, Stelios G.

    The objective of the present experiment was to investigate the implications of mild maternal undernutrition on the post-weaning behaviour of rabbits. Twenty-six dams were randomly assigned to two groups: the control group (C) that was fed ad libitum throughout pregnancy and the undernourished...

  11. Effect of hiding places, straw and territory on aggression in group-housed rabbit does

    | Contributor(s):: Rommers, Jorine M., Reuvekamp, Berry J. F., Gunnink, Henk, de Jong, Ingrid C.

    Group-housing of rabbit does may be preferred from welfare point of view. However, group-housing causes agonistic behaviour which may cause severe injuries. Severe injuries may be prevented by offering hiding places for attacked does. Providing enrichment (straw) may reduce agonistic behaviour by...

  12. Regrouping rabbit does in a familiar or novel pen: Effects on agonistic behaviour, injuries and core body temperature

    | Contributor(s):: Graf, Sylvia, Bigler, Lotti, Failing, Klaus, Würbel, Hanno, Buchwalder, Theres

    Regrouping female rabbits in group-housing systems is common management practice in rabbit breeding, which may, however, induce agonistic interactions resulting in social stress and severe injuries. Here we compared two methods of regrouping female rabbits with respect to their effects on...

  13. Behaviour and use of space in fattening rabbits as influenced by cage size and enrichment

    | Contributor(s):: Buijs, Stephanie, Keeling, Linda J., Tuyttens, Frank A. M.

    In the few previous studies on the effects of space allowance on fattening rabbit behaviour, space allowance was confounded with group size. This is the first study of fattening rabbit behaviour in which space allowance was varied whilst group size was stable (8 animals per pen), although this...

  14. The Changing Legal Status of Cats in Australia: From Friend of the Settlers, to Enemy of the Rabbit, and Now a Threat to Biodiversity and Biosecurity Risk

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    | Contributor(s):: Sophie Riley

    In NSW, free-roaming cats are regarded as one the biggest threats to biodiversity. Yet, at one stage they were classified as “the enemy of the rabbit” and were protected and released in their thousands. The purpose of this article is to examine the changing status of cats in...

  15. Aggressiveness in group-housed rabbit does: Influence of group size and pen characteristics

    | Contributor(s):: Zomeño, Cristina, Birolo, Marco, Zuffellato, Andrea, Xiccato, Gerolamo, Trocino, Angela

    The aim of this work was to study how the group size and the number of doorways in a pen may influence the aggressive interactions throughout the reproductive cycle among does kept in a part-time group housing system. Thirty-two crossbred multiparous pregnant rabbit does were housed in individual...

  16. Assessing Pet Rabbit Welfare Based on General Discussion on Human-Animal Relationship

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    | Contributor(s):: Yufei Ren

    Pets are popular worldwide, and more than half of human population keep pets. Cats and dogs have the highest percentage of being kept in households, and the population of rabbits is about one-tenth of cats or dogs. Humans’ love for pets can be dated back to Holocene when humans started to...

  17. Dragonfly Haven Therapeutic Farm

    This is no ordinary farm however. This is a retreat that offers an alternative approach to healing.“It is a place where children and their families can step out of the stressful world and enjoy the healing power of animals and nature,” says Paul. The business endeavors to...

  18. Visiting Hooves

    Visiting Hooves wasfounded in 2015.Victoria L. Smithis Founder and President Each miniature horse or bunny has2  million dollar liability insurance and a health certificate from a veterinarian. Each miniature horse in the program has been...

  19. Efficacy of Blunt Force Trauma, a Novel Mechanical Cervical Dislocation Device, and a Non-Penetrating Captive Bolt Device for On-Farm Euthanasia of Pre-Weaned Kits, Growers, and Adult Commercial Meat Rabbits

    | Contributor(s):: Jessica L. Walsh, Aaron Percival, Patricia V. Turner

    Developing effective and humane on-farm euthanasia methods is essential for all livestock industries to ensure that animals do not suffer and are killed humanely. Approved methods are lacking for commercial meat rabbits, potentially leading to poor welfare. We assessed several methods of on-farm...

  20. The Human-Animal Interaction Scale: development and evaluation

    | Contributor(s):: Fournier, A. K., Berry, T. D., Letson, E., Chanen, R.

    The purpose of this study was to develop the Human-Animal Interaction Scale (HAIS) and evaluate its reliability and validity. The HAIS is a 24-item self-report instrument designed to describe and quantify behaviors performed by humans and nonhuman animals during an episode of interaction (e.g.,...