Establishing who is in charge
My growling foster bunny G has been with me for a few weeks now. He seems to be settling in somewhat.
Originally, G was in the kitchen. I’d brought him into the living room to play in the exercise pen, but Wilbur (in his own pen but in the same room) was not amused. Despite a curtain placed to shield the interloper from Wilbur’s view, Wilbur persisted in trying to chew through the metal carabiner clip on his pen. Apparently Wilbur has some concerns that G will steal the affections of his bunnywife, Cappucino. These may have been well-founded: you know how the quiet girls always seem to go for these bad boys.
Back in the kitchen, G was not happy. He chewed on the exercise pen bars much of the time, and learned he could shove his body against one side of the xpen and actually move the pen across the kitchen floor.
He habitually picked up the edge of the pen a half inch off the floor and dropped it, making A LOT of noise, usually at 3 a.m. He alternated all this with periods of depression, crouching with his head down, looking very sad and droopy. I felt sorry for him. I moved him into the living room and moved Wilbur and Cappy (who do not care where they are as long as they are together) into the kitchen.
G was pleased. He raced around the pen in the living room like those tigers that turned to butter in the children’s story, with the occasional flying binky thrown in. He sat in his basket and surveyed his kingdom. He began examining some new (to him) toys which were actually hand-me-downs from Cookie. He smelled the toys, then put his cheek on them (not chinning, he simply laid his cheek on the toy).
In the living room, he can see Cookie and Oreo and stares at them on occasion. Sometimes he and Cookie lay as close to each other as possible, in their respective exercise pens.
He knows to sit in front of the fan to cool off, and happily flops over on his side with increasing frequency now. When the cat sits next to his pen with her tail inside the pen, he tries to groom it for her.
Moving G to the living room was a good thing. He no longer chews on the bars, he doesn’t pick up the pen and drop it, and he isn’t sad and droopy any more.
(But he still growls. Oh how he growls!
Coming soon: Guillermo the growling bunny part III – deciphering the growls
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