Why do rabbits jump?

The characteristic leap of a rabbit is commonly known as a ‘binky’ and it is widely believed to be an expression of joy

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Play is extremely important in an animal’s development and rabbits are no exception. The high leaps rabbits perform, often with twisting motions, are all part of the fun. Playing as an infant trains an animal up for the future and practicing a jump could mean the difference between life and death if faced with a predator as an adult.

These bouncing bunnies are having the time of their lives and pet rabbits practice even though they are in no danger from predators. In the wild, those that survive pass their genes on to the next generation, so only the best at escaping danger will live long enough to breed.

 

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