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To add interest I have interspersed this commentary with thought provoking quotations from philosophers, ethicists, scientists and other notable thinkers both past and present.

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



Do rabbits experience joy, pleasure, happiness.


It is clear that rabbits enjoy playing, are curious and lively creatures who experience contentment and pleasure. The ability to feel pleasure and enjoy oneself has to be as a result of sentience.

This video shows a rabbit who may well be experiencing pleasure and curiosity during a ride on a bus in Hong Kong


What does bunny do during a bus ride?


From the article included in the section about grief and a continuation on the subject of grief the author describes a rabbits ability to experience joy:

"At the opposite end of grief is joy, another emotion that to me, there is no question that rabbits can experience. A rabbit who is happy exhibits unmistakable behaviour: flopping, dancing, shaking, teeth-grinding, ear flopping, tail twitching, etc. Many do this when they first come out on a beautiful morning to play; some rabbits do it after getting an especially good treat. Some rabbits, like my Chester, will grind his teeth, flutter his eyes, and flop on his side if I speak to him in a baby voice. I have even seen crippled rabbits, without the use of their hind legs, attempt to flop over with happiness after they were rescued from a situation of neglect."

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Rabbits expresses pleasure, maybe even joy when they binky. This is a term used to describe a specific and easily recognisable movement which involves  leaping in the air, contorting and twisting their bodies, while kicking their feet out.

Blow is a good description of a binky

"People unfamiliar to pet rabbits may not know that bunnies have a very dramatic way of expressing excitement and joy. They dance! Leaping in the air, contorting and twisting their bodies, and kicking their feet out, binkying rabbits are quite the spectacle. Sometimes rabbits lead up to a binky by taking a running start. Other times, a binky is a sudden burst to the side. Whatís really fun is when the binkies occur in succession, creating a grand acrobatic display. Iíll submit that anyone who thinks rabbits are dull has not seen a bunny in the act of binkying."



This Bunny literally Jumps for joy - for some inexplicable reason you may have to watch this video directly on YouTube.



Here is a video of a binkying rabbit in slow motion

Slow Motion Bunny Binkies




More binkying bunnies

Baby bunny binkies




"In mid-March (around Easter) I found a domestic dwarf bunny that someone ditched in a field. Unknown to us she was pregnant and gave birth to a litter of 4 kits."

According to the next video, bunny flops show that your rabbits is totally blissed out



Bunny Flops

"When your bunny does a flop it's a sign that your bunny is utterly blissed out and content. It can appear surprising, even alarming to a human when a bunny throws itself into a flop but it is a wonderful thing. The bunny is happy beyond words. All it can do is flop!"

A "Yahoo Answers" Question


"Who says that rabbits aren't passionate, sentient beings?
My French lop rabbit, Sir Franz Leaps, sighed ever so sweetly listening to this piece of music by Franz Lizst. Then he went to peaceful sleep, as did I a short moment later. It was a nice afternoon for bunny and caretaker."


Rabbits experience joy or at least pleasure according to  Susan E. Davis, Margo DeMello in her book Stories Rabbits Tell:


...researchers who grant an animal " negative"  emotions are cautious about admitting that animals have a capacity for happier feelings. For many researchers today, as well as for those who live and work with animals, it is clear that animals do feel pleasure in all of its variations. Some "play" for instance can be explained as simple evolutionary behaviour, (for example, kittens play with yarn or chase each other to practice hunting). Other forms of play, however, are less useful in survival and cannot be so easily dismissed. Dolphins who surf, rabbits who throw toilet paper tubes into the air, animals who tease humans, and parrots who creatively turn their toys upside down.... are not practicing survival skills, yet the animals clearly enjoy them.


Most house rabbit people have seen their rabbits "binky" or dance as an expression of joy, as well as execute a not-very-graceful "flop" in which they fall to their sides in a gesture of great contentment. When Margo first introduced Helga to Chester, he would leap, hop and skip when she was first placed( angrily) into the living room every day.  Never mind that she was repelled by him; he was so thrilled to have a potential playmate that he could not contain his joy. For weeks, Chester would lie as close to Helga as he could, staring amorously at her; once she finally agreed to let him touch her, he began to spend as much time as possible scrunched up against her.


Puddles and Muddles, Margo's angoras, also "binky", but for a different reason. Each morning, Margo opens their gate so that they can come out and exercise, but one of the first things they do is go to the living room to eat Chester's food and mess up his things. Upon catching them in the act Margo chases them back out of the living room and watches as they race, skipping and jumping, across the house back into the living room. These rabbits seem overjoyed at the fact they once again got away with something funny. Their actions, in fact, look like a full-body laugh.


Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature
By Susan E. Davis, Margo DeMello


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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