This is what happens when a happy little bunny decides to chill out!
Little legs get thrown out behind her.
Photos Copyright: Maggie May
Although this photo is slightly out of focus, it is the only one I have of my two bunnies actually sharing a cage. They seemed to tolerate each other very well. However........ shortly after this photo was taken, all Hell broke loose and Lily was badly scared. Ash didn't like sharing his things.
They were quickly separated and I spent a lot of time searching on line for the best way to bunny bond. (Not all the things that came up were related to rabbits, I can tell you.)
I have been putting them to sleep alone in each others' cages at night and alternating their toilet trays and mixing their scents, so that they don't have a territorial feeling about either cage.
Then every day, the two rabbits are taken upstairs and placed in the empty bath tub on an old blanket.
As neither rabbit had ever been there before, they were not worrying about territory. First time in there, Lily just sat quietly, while Ash was more interested about possible escape routes.
Every day for ten minutes or so they have a chance to sniff each other out and judging by the upright ear positions,(friendly), they have not been in fighting mode since. The ears go back and tails up when they are going to attack.
They can be feisty little beasts.
I will carry on like this until I feel that they can tolerate each other for longer and they won't be left alone any time just yet.
This rabbit bonding is a work of art. I didn't know that I would need to be a psychologist.
However, I can be as stubborn as they can.
According to the bonding sites, a quick bond can take a fortnight but a difficult bond can go on for months.
I have a feeling that I will strike lucky with these two, though.