His lower lip slays me.
Bunnies are highly social, so conflict resolution is important. Rabbits have a whole system of behaviors to show when they’re angry, when they’re ready to make up, and when things are good again. If you misbehave, you’re faced with insults and shunning. When you tick off a bunny, you’re going to have to do your time on the poop list. Making up is your responsibility, but if you try it too soon, you’re gonna get the bunny butt: the rabbit literally turns his back to you and you’re left staring at a cute fuzzy tail. Sounds like a mild punishment, I know, but it will really hurt your feelings!
Since I’m unemployed, Bumble is used to me being around most of the time and doesn’t like it when I leave for any length of time. On Saturday, I left at 6:30am and didn’t return until around 7pm. Was he mad at me? He would not look at me. He would not look in my direction. If I tried to pet him, he yanked his head away. I made a peace offering: a yummy carrot treat. He took the treat, turned his back to me to eat it and then ran into his cardboard box to get away from me.
When I haven’t misbehaved, Bumble and I are close. He follows me upstairs, downstairs, and from room to room. If he doesn’t know where I am, he goes looking for me. We’d noticed he was slipping when he tried to go upstairs because he was launching himself off of linoleum. To fix the problem, we put a rug at the bottom of the stairs so his feet wouldn’t slip. Every time he goes upstairs now, the rug gets kicked to the side and is messy, so we always know when he’s gone upstairs.
When I left Saturday morning, he was eating and the dishwasher was making a racket, so I’m not sure he knew I was gone. My husband noticed later that the rug at the bottom of the stairs was kicked to the side. Bumble was looking for me Saturday and couldn’t find me.
I deserved the bunny butt.