I certainly played plenty of tricks on Gideon, my first house rabbit. They weren’t mean ones, just humorous. As I wrote in my When a Man Loves a Rabbit memoir, Gideon was one bunny in whom lived the spirit of mischief. Below is one of many vignettes regarding my inquisitive fur friend.
I had another game that I enjoyed playing with Gideon. I would sometimes put a carrot end in a small box with a hole in it. He could smell the tantalizing aroma, but he would have to squeeze into the box to get his snack. It was fun watching him try to figure out how to get that coveted treat. I could almost see the wheels turning in his head while he studied the problem from all angles. There was no other solution, except to crawl into the box and nab the treat.
So he did.
Then he hopped away to a spot where he felt safe. I could almost hear him saying, “This is mine! All mine!”
About a year after I adopted Gideon, I placed a paper bag filled with weeds in front of him.
“Here’s your bag lunch salad,” I said as he sniffed, confused. The poor rabbit had never seen his treats in such a thing. Gideon carefully examined the bag, but he just couldn’t understand the new form of food container. Finally, in frustration, he ripped it open. I chuckled at his dilemma as I made a video of him.
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