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Ruby is a 3 year old English spot, she lives in our bedroom. I don't have video but I did find a couple of videos online, they show a little of the behavior. I have talked to others who's bunnies have the same habit, so it seems pretty common. It is hard to get good video because once I get the camera out she gets distracted.

It will often happen just as I climb into bed, which makes wrinkles. She jumps up on the bed, gives me kiss, then starts pushing the wrinkles out of the bed. Her hind feet placed firmly and she pushes out with her front feet. She moves forward and pushes some more. After a couple of minutes she stops and snuggles in for bed time petting and snuggles.

The other time it happens is shortly after my wife makes the bed. Ruby will jump up on the bed and make sure all the wrinkles are pushed out. She will occasionally dig a bit like you see in the videos, but it is 90% pushing. Some times she pushes so far ahead that her back feet slip out behind her and she is stretched out in superman position (arms straight ahead, feet straight back, and on her belly).

I can understand the digging behavior, but what is it that causes a rabbit to push wrinkles out of the bed?

  • Interestingly, rats do this pushing behaviour too. I've always thought it was some weird nest-building behaviour but there might be more to it. – Piper Apr 4 '15 at 17:23
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    After a bit of reading around, it seems this mimics their natural behavior when digging tunnels, ie pushing away small pieces of dirt and stone that get in their way. – Piper Apr 4 '15 at 17:53
  • I am pretty sure its just playing. – Critters Apr 7 '15 at 20:33
  • @Piper would you like to develop your comment into an answer? – James Jenkins Apr 27 '15 at 16:04
  • @JamesJenkins I thought about it, but I'm afraid much of my answer would be along the lines of "I know rats do it for reasons X, Y and Z, and I'm pretty sure that's also why rabbits do it", it's pretty common among burrowing animals. If this is OK I'll write up an answer? – Piper Apr 27 '15 at 16:07

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