Question My 5 month mini rex bunny has started flopping on her side every so often as of last night. I cannot tell if it's a voluntary or involuntary movement. I plan to take her to the Vet as soon as possible but wondering what you think this could be? Everything has been going very well & no other symptoms noted. Thanks in advance for your expertise.
Answer Dear Rhonda,
A very happy and contented bunny will flop over on her side to show that she feels very safe. So you don't have to worry about it being a problem. It's just adorable and it means she loves you and trusts you that she'll "fwop" in your presence.
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