Posted Oct 22, 2016
I started raising rabbits when I was about 8 years old. By the time I got Peridot I was well accustomed to bunnies and their habits, or so I thought. He was sweet and wonderful most of the time. We had a lot of space where we lived, so they didn't always live in their cages. We would let them run about on the ground, and they would hop about sniffing this and that and even digging holes here and there. One time, I went to pick up Peridot. I put my hand down towards his neck to grab his scruff, which is a correct way to pick them up and doesn't harm them at all as long as you reach under to support them. This time however, Peridot, in the blink of an eye, turned his head around and grabbed my wrist with his teeth. He then twisted away leaving me with quite the cut in the shape of a half-moon. I was so surprised I pushed him away with my hand. I couldn't believe this sweet teddy bear would try to hurt me. The thing is, I had seen this sort of reaction before but towards another male rabbit. Afterwards, I realized he didn't see me reach to pick him up, he likely assumed me to be another rabbit. When rabbits attack one other they try to bite and twist and kick each other. Peridot was probably sniffing some female smells and was in the mood for a fight or to mate. So this just tells us that we need to be careful when reaching to pick up any animal. Let them know we are there first so they know who it is that is bothering them. Surprising an animal can leave you with a scar like mine, which I can still see to this day.