Fri 29 Dec 2006
Does your bunny make noises?
It is a common misconception that bunnies don’t make noises (except for the loud shriek that the only make if they think they are going to die…I have never heard that). But bunnies do make noises…at least, mine do!
I have had Eve for a long time now and she make cute noises sometimes when she is giving me kisses (very quiet) and she also makes purring noises (tooth-purr) when she happy.
However, when we adopted Dorian in March, we found out there was another level to bunny-expression. Dorian is a bit of a feisty little guy and can be a bit difficult. He has the dwarf attitude and also knows he is cute. We think he might have been a victim of bad-handling as a young-bun as he is fearful and moody sometimes. Anyway…on to the noises…
Dorian grunts often and fairly loudly! He does this when he is upset…this can be anything from not wanting to be touched to not getting a treat quickly enough (i.e. I am walking with the treat towards him and this is just not happening fast enough). He also grunts when I feed the hamster…he and Eve LOVE the hamster’s food (yes, it is harmless to rabbits in small amounts) and they both can’t imagine that I would feed the hamster first. Dorian also grunts when Eve tries to steal food from him. The cutest, though, is when I am eating something tasty like an apple and I choose not to give him a piece. He keeps grunting and then will eventually stomp. It is absolutely hilarious.
Dorian’s grunts sound like “mmrmph…”. It is a funny little noise! My husband and I have taken to using Dorian grunts ourselves to express our disatisfaction at everything from traffic problems to being late for rehearsals to being cold. We think it is pretty cool that Dorian has taught us some new vocabulary.
The funniest thing is that Dorian is very tiny…a little over 2.5 lbs! Yet, he has this huge personality and will tell you, very vocally, when he is upset.
I would love to know about other rabbits who make noises. Does your bunny grunt?
~Rachel: HRN Member/Volunteer