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




Rabbits are social creatures who need the companionship of other rabbits. However rabbits also form friendships with other species including our own of course.

What follows is a section of videos and animal stories which show that rabbits not only form close friendships with other rabbits but also other animals.

The following video shows the friendship between a dog and a rabbit.

Published on Apr 17, 2014

My dog Maggie, loves rabbits. Since my other rabbit died, I let the other one, Harry, jump around in our garden.

I have the feeling, they have a special friendship *heartsign*


Please note that while the above is a good example of interspecies friendship between a dog and a rabbit I do not recommend that in general dogs should be allowed to be with rabbits. A dog is a rabbit's natural predator who may well harm or even kill your rabbit. The same may also apply to cats.


Friendship between a disabled monkey and a rabbit

While this is more about the monkey than the rabbit this story nonetheless shows that rabbits are capable of making friends with not only other rabbits but members of other species:

I was in Thailand to do some research. I met a monkey named Boonlua, and when Boonlua was a baby, he was attacked by a pack of dogs, and they ripped off both of his legs and one arm, and Boonlua dragged himself to a monastery, where the monks took him in. They called in a veterinarian, who treated his wounds. Eventually, Boonlua wound up at an elephant facility, and the keepers really decided to take him under their wing, and they figured out what he liked, which, it turned out, was mint Mentos and Rhinoceros beetles and eggs. But they worried, because he was social, that he was lonely, and they didn't want to put him in with another monkey, because they thought with just one arm, he wouldn't be able to defend himself or even play. And so they gave him a rabbit, and Boonlua was immediately a different monkey. He was extremely happy to be with this rabbit. They groomed each other, they become close friends, and then the rabbit had bunnies, and Boonlua was even happier than he was before, and it had in a way given him a reason to wake up in the morning, and in fact it gave him such a reason to wake up that he decided not to sleep. He became extremely protective of these bunnies, and he stopped sleeping, and he would sort of nod off while trying to take care of them. In fact, he was so protective and so affectionate with these babies that the sanctuary eventually had to take them away from him because he was so protective, he was worried that their mother might hurt them. So after they were taken away, the sanctuary staff worried that he would fall into a depression, and so to avoid that, they gave him another rabbit friend. (Laughter) My official opinion is that he does not look depressed.


Source: Comment section:
Depressed dogs, cats with OCD what animal madness means for us humans



The rabbit tale or the sad and happy story of unusual friendships


To be frank the next link is less conclusive, maybe the rabbit and Giraffe have made friends but it is a matter of interpretation. Decide for yourself:

Wild giraffe becomes best friends with rabbit in South Africa


The gentle giant and her VERY tiny friend: Heart-warming footage shows Meg the Labrador playing with a baby rabbit:


(Again please note that while the above is a good example of interspecies friendship between a dog and a rabbit I do not recommend that in general dogs should be allowed to be with rabbits. A dog is a rabbit's natural predator who may well harm or even kill your rabbit. The same may also apply to cats.)


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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