The story comes from RWAF, the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund, an organization based in the U.K., and we assume that the main character, Dexter, represents an all too common situation, a rabbit whose life mainly consists of lonely, silent suffering. He is kept for most of the day in a hutch, because the owners were told at the pet shop, or by the breeder that if rabbits are not kept alone, they will fight.
Nothing could be further from the truth, of course. Rabbits are social creatures who thrive in the company of other rabbits as well as needing to be able to run and jump, forage for greens and even do some digging.
Dexter is a very handsome cinnamon-brown colored rex rabbit, and his story, illustrated with photographs, shows how his hutch was expanded so he could at least hop between levels. Then he got a safe exercise area, which later was connected to his hutch with a very clever (and not too expensive) artificial tunnel.
Our Dexter may not have known it at the time, but his trip to the vet to get neutered was literally a life-changing event that opened the door for an even better life. He was able to meet Sookie. They were carefully bonded so they could live happily ever after.
The main message RWAF wants to get across is that a hutch is not enough. In addition to detailed instructions on how rabbit owners can create safe, stimulating environments for their bunnies there is also a video that demonstrates how much room a rabbit really requires to get a proper amount of exercise.
Hoppington Post would like to thank RWAF for this information, which may be found online here: http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/making-it-right.htm
Their video is embedded below…
Photo courtesy of RWAF