THE RABBITS ARE THEY ALLOPHONES?

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Many people ask me this question; do rabbits make noises like dogs and cats? I’m pretty surprised every time someone asks me this question. Indeed, rabbits make noises. On the other hand, it is not at all like a cat or a dog.

The noise made by rabbits depends very much on the context and personality of the rabbit. Most of the time, when the rabbits are happy, they do not make much noise.In most cases, if the noise is strident, like a scream for example, it is because the rabbit is in pain

Normally, they do just before an attack; a bit to warn his opponent of what is coming. However, rabbits can “growl” to express themselves.

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For example, my little dwarf rabbit, named Paul ” grunts’ ‘(it’s more a mixture of squeaking a pig and a dog grunt, but good for the needs of the cause I call this a’ grunt “). In fact, his nickname is my little Grumpy.

He may grumble for panoply of reason; because I approach my hand to flatter him, because I take my hand to flatter him, because he does not have his meal fast enough, and so on.

Yet my other rabbit, Dora, makes little noise. She does it when I flatter her (she grinds her teeth) or when she does not want to be caught, but otherwise she is not grumbling like Paul.

Perhaps the “grunts” of my dear Paul are due to his past experiences or simply in his personality. (Maybe he has an inferiority complex, does he ever know!)

Stay tunes for part two!

fullsizeoutput_502Meghan Hamelin
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Meghan Hamelin

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