Rabbits/Albino bunny

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I have a 9 week old REW English Lop. I've only had him for 2 days but I have a questions about something he does. I know some REW rabbit scan to get a better look at things around them. But he seems to go into a trance for 15-20 seconds before seemingly snapping out of it. Is this normal? He's got a checkup appointment with my local vet in on Monday so I'm planning to ask them about this as well.

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Dear Jackie,

This question is dated 6/23, but I just now got it!  AllExperts site is sometimes a little wonky.  Sorry for the delay.

By now, the vet has checked out your boy and probably told you there is nothing wrong--at least with respect to his "trancing".  Does he scan?  This isn't the same as going into a trance.  

Note that an albino English Lop is probably pretty inbred, so you might expect some congenital anomalies that aren't dangerous to his health.  I hope he will be with you for many years of love and cuddles!

Dana

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

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Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

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For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

Experience

I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

Organizations
Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

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Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

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Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

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Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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