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Why do mother rabbits chase and bite their babies?

Introduction: Why do mother rabbits chase and bite their babies?

It is not uncommon to witness mother rabbits chasing and biting their babies, which can be a distressing sight for pet owners. While it may seem like an act of cruelty, maternal aggression is actually a natural and instinctual behavior for rabbits. Understanding the reasons behind this behavior can help pet owners manage it more effectively and ensure the well-being of both the mother and her offspring.

The instinctual behavior of mother rabbits

In the wild, mother rabbits have to protect their babies from predators and competing rabbits. One way they do this is by establishing dominance within the litter. This means that the mother will use aggression to assert her authority over her babies and prevent them from straying too far from the nest. This behavior is also seen in domestic rabbits, and it is not uncommon for them to chase and bite their babies to establish dominance and maintain order within the litter. Additionally, mother rabbits may also engage in grooming and cleaning behaviors that reinforce the bond between her and her babies.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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