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This is part of a section called Sentient Rabbits which focuses on aspects of rabbit sentience.




You may not think that heroism is usually associated with timid rabbits. However the following stories may well change your mind


Pet Rabbit Alerts Family to Fire




Some Heros Hop.

How a rabbit saved his human from death by gas inhalation



"My bunny, Tribble, a 9 year old, refuses to acknowledge the difference between work days and holidays. As soon as it’s light each morning, she decides it’s time for me to get up and get her breakfast. She hops around on the hardwood floors to make enough noise to wake me up. If I attempt to go back to sleep, she pushes her food dish with her nose so it scrapes and bumps and rattles me awake. “Food dish hockey,” I call it. As a last resort, she’ll gnaw on the leg of the bedside table. She knows I’ll get out of bed and tell her to stop.

On New Year’s Day, 2003, Tribble began her morning wake-up routine much earlier than usual. I had been to a quiet and non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve gathering ;the night before, and when I went to bed I had been looking forward to sleeping in. I forced my eyes open. It wasn’t even dawn yet. Did the clock say five-thirty? I was groggy and had a pounding headache for some reason. No way was I going to get up at five-thirty; especially on a holiday. I mumbled as much to Tribble and turned back over to go to sleep.

Tribble did her around-the room hop. Food dish hockey. Gnawing on the bedside table legs. She seemed frantic, going from one thing to the next non-stop. It made my head throb even more. “Oh all right,” I muttered to my furry tormentor.

What’s the matter with you this morning?” I decided I’d get up and feed her and then go back to bed. But when I sat up, I became aware of an overwhelming smell. Gas!"

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Bunnies to the rescue! Two pet rabbits save a Tucson family


"My bunnies are my lifesavers. They saved my life and they saved my kids,"

In the next story a rabbit saves his owners from certain death

Rabbit Saves N.J. Couple from Deadly Gas Leak

"If not for an unlikely hero, a gas leak could have killed Jake and Mary Pruett, of Bridgeton, N.J., this past Saturday night. Dogs and cats are sometimes known for saving their families, but this time the champion was a pet bunny.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday night, Pruett stated that her pet rabbit Blazer woke her up, by “walking on my face and making noises like a horn was stuck in her nose.” Once awake Pruett stated that she immediately smelled the leak and roused her husband. They exited the house with Blazer.

Pruett explained that Blazer has a litter box so she is allowed to roam the house like a dog or cat, and that there are pet steps next to the couple’s bed that let Blazer come up and down. Pruett said that it is unusual for the rabbit to visit the bed during the night, and that Blazer mostly comes up during the daytime when the couple is awake.

After evacuating their home on Saturday night, the Pruetts called the Bridgeton City fire department. According to fireman Steve Chambers, “it is lucky that they got out alive. Leaks like this are often fatal either due to death from toxicity of the gas or an explosion.”
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Not every indication of sentience can be neatly categorised. The following example indicates several aspects of sentience. Intelligence, awareness and decision making, the rabbit knew what action to take, jumping on his owner's chest. Also altruism and compassion, the rabbit cared for his companion humans.

Life-saving rabbit wins top award

A giant rabbit saves his owner from a diabetic coma, the actions of this quick thinking observant rabbit "saved the life of Simon Steggall, 42, of Warboys, when she jumped up on his chest as he began to slump into a diabetic coma.
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Here you can read and watch a video about a brave mother rabbit who fights a snake to save her baby.

Watch the epic fight! Mama rabbit rescues baby bunny from snake

One rabbit just took supermom to a whole new level.

Watch as this mother rabbit takes on a snake and performs several karate-style backflips after it captured her baby bunny.

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Rabbit Vs Snake. Momma Rabbit save babies - Original Video



More stories, information, videos, will be added as they come to my attention. If you have a story or information to share about rabbits showing compassion please contact me:

Particularly welcome are personal anecdotes about your companion rabbit or any rabbit known to you personally. Don't worry about writing skills or lack thereof, it matters not, what is important is to share as many stories that show that rabbits are sentient beings, intelligent, compassionate, loving, playful and so on. It is important to get people to realise that rabbits are aware, intelligent have emotions including the ability to be playful, happy, contented but that they also experience pain and suffering.
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Emotion in rabbits

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