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Trancing or Hypnotizing your bunny is possible and is often used as part of the grooming process. There are two opposing thoughts on trancing: The first being that it is calming and a good solution for many situations. The second being that the rabbit is in fear for it's life, it enters a "play dead" natural response common to many prey animals, and is ...


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Trancing is, for those unaware, the use of the natural fear state of prey animals to go into a near death-like state in order to convince predators that they are dead and should stop being attacked. This is called tonic immobility or TI for short. The immediate side-effects of coming out of TI include things like increased respiration, heart rate, and plasma ...


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You should never do it. No reputable animal welfare organisation or responsible owner would condone this practice.


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Tonic immobility is the ability of many prey animals to go into what appears to be a near-death state with the intention of encouraging the predator to release them from any escape preventing grip. The idea being that if they're released, they have another chance to escape from the predator. Given the basis of the function is to increase their survival rate ...


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So since I first read this question and the answer by John I have been trying to find some good research on this. A veterinarian friend of mine did have quite a bit of research on rabbit stress hormones and mortality, but there is not a great deal of research on this. It is assumed by some (as noted in the answer by John) that trancing is the same process ...


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