Does rabbit rage really exist? Of course. But are we talking about the deadly disease or perhaps the extreme anger that can be felt by a French national on discovering her destroyed vegetable patch?
Mary Louise was having her usual morning coffee when I popped into the bar for our daily baguette.
– “Ça va?” I asked.
– “Non, ça va pas. Mais alors, pas du tout” she replied, her face looking like thunder.
I sat on one of the high stools next to her bracing myself.
– “The rabbits are laughing at me” (I have to be honest, I tried not to smile)
– “I have put three cages amongst the vegetables, put tasty treats in the cages and I have only caught one rabbit. The rest are still eating my beetroot, carrots, and spinach. There is nothing left. Absolutely nothing. I just don’t know what to do. Perhaps Pont Vert (agricultural shop/garden centre) has some different traps or even poison”.
– “What are you going to do with the rabbit in the cage?” I asked.
-“Eat it, of course. The rabbit eats my petit pois: I eat the rabbit.”
Is there such a thing as “rabbit rage”? The beginning of this post left us wondering so we decided to find out a bit more.
Well, yes, “rabbit rage” is real and is a term sometimes used to describe aggressive behaviour in rabbits. This can manifest as biting, scratching, lunging, or grunting. This behaviour is not typical of all rabbits and can often be attributed to factors such as fear, territorial instincts, hormonal changes (especially in unneutered males or unspayed females), illness, or previous negative experiences with humans or other animals. Understanding and addressing the underlying causes of this aggressive behaviour is important for the well-being of the rabbit and the safety of its caretakers. It’s recommended to consult a veterinarian or a rabbit behaviour specialist if a rabbit is showing signs of aggressive behavior.