Iggy, our new bunny was full of joy when we first brought her home and let her out of her cage. She could not believe that she was finally free. She ran laps around the entire house jumping and twisting in the air every few minutes. Apparently rabbits twist in the air when they are extremely happy but none of us had seen anything like her joyful demonstration. She was delightful and full of character.
Iggy defied everything animal experts wrote about rabbits. Supposedly rabbits hate to hop up and down stairs. Not Iggy. She did not want to be left behind or fenced in at all. If we closed bedroom doors to keep her off beds , she simply pushed the door open. She simply was aggressive and determined, not cowering or timid at all. Does this fit your image of a rabbit? I know Iggy continually shocked my whole family. Unbelievable as it sounds, Iggy was soon in charge of the household pets, not the cat or dog.
Kitty was so terrified of Iggy that she would come down the stairs silently and then cautiously peak around the staircase to see if Iggy was anywhere around. If there was no sign of Iggy, she would creep silently down the long hall, stopping to look around, twitching her whiskers and ears. If Iggy caught a glimpse of Kitty, she would scramble as fast as she could down the hallway and chase that poor cat right back upstairs. Afterwards that bold bunny would slowly hop back into the kitchen, obviously pleased with herself.
If the dog started to chase Iggy, she would outrun him and was soon running behind Shadow as they ran their laps. The rabbit chased the dog! As soon as one of us opened the fridge door, she was there in a flash, standing up to get a better view of the veggies. If Rachel tried to sleep in, Iggy would hop on the bed and wake her up!
Iggy was definitely not a cowering rabbit. I think that our animals benefited psychologically from our kid filled home. Perhaps Iggy sensed our love and joy, setting her free to become animated and fearless.