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alexis philippot

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Hello everyone! We are currently attempting 24/7 marathon/immersion bonding with our spayed/neutered male and female. I am so confused because we see such positive behaviours from them (always snuggling, mutual grooming, flops, etc), but also sometimes my female (the resident bunny) will just randomly attack the male and start a huge fight. It seems so strange to me that they display such polar opposite behaviours in the span of a few minutes. Is this normal?? What does it mean? FYI, they haven't established a hierarchy yet, as they both groom each other, but my female is definitely the bossier of the pair...

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Female was free-roam her whole life but always hated the kitchen, so that is the space we are using
We did tons of pre-bonding
Both are around 1 year old
We are on day 2 of marathon bonding in about a 1.5x1.5 ft space. We did about 2 weeks of dates a while ago but stopped seeing progress and therefore decided to try this tactic.
 

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I think it's part they are just getting used to the other rabbit being around, sometimes they forget I think, and then all of a sudden there's the other rabbit and they react. Then it can also be they are learning each others personalities and establishing hierarchy. Just keep a close eye on them, break up scuffles before they can escalate, and hopefully they start getting used to each others presence and sort out the dominance issues.
 

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I think it's part they are just getting used to the other rabbit being around, sometimes they forget I think, and then all of a sudden there's the other rabbit and they react. Then it can also be they are learning each others personalities and establishing hierarchy. Just keep a close eye on them, break up scuffles before they can escalate, and hopefully they start getting used to each others presence and sort out the dominance issues.
Thank you :)
 

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