Monday, April 02, 2012

One minute of Hoppy Hour




"Hoppy Hour" is a rabbit socialization event organized by the MN Companion Rabbit Society. This is a video from a recent one held in Golden Valley, MN.

Dougal makes an appearance about 30 seconds in.

Update: Since there's been some questions in the comments, I will explain the rules of Hoppy Hour.

The rabbits must be spayed/neutered and free of diseases. Owners must sit on the edge of the mat, and children must remain seated. The people you see walking amongst the rabbits are the Bouncers, who clean up messes and give rabbits a time out (flipping them and returning them to their owner) if the rabbit fights or tries any shenanigans with another rabbit.

If a rabbit spends too much time hiding in a box (as Dougal did his first time), the bouncer removes the box to encourage them to socialize.

You're not allowed to pick up any rabbit but your own, obviously, but if a rabbit hops over to you, you're allowed to pet it. There's a $3/rabbit fee, but people without bunnies can attend for free.

37 comments:

Katie said...

zohmygosh so many bunnies!! I don't think my bunny Clover would be so content to play nice with others, though. She isn't a big fan when her "cousin" Cricket visits.

SixBunnies said...

I would have had to fall down and die! Too much cuteness! And, Dougal ... oh, Dougal ... those ears! I can't take it ... too much.

brandi b said...

Oh, my blood pressure went down. I am content and relaxed from that overload of bunntherapy. I like the way the slaves just sst on the sidelines awaiting instruction.

janet2buns said...

Oooh, Dougal! The floppitude of the ear tips! Too sweet!

I've never seen anything like this; all those bunnies getting along reasonably well, wow. I imagine it's important to have heaps of hay and interesting things to do so they don't get on one another's nerves. Reminds me of a playgroup for toddlers.

Rabbits' Guy said...

All that and no fur flying!

Boy, Dougal just plops in like a 3rd grader in the kindergarten bunch - he's a BIG boy already!

Reminds me of a pigeon landing on a feeder full of finches!

Kat said...

That is seriously cool! How do they manage to have so many buns in the same space without fighting, nipping or fur flying? I can't even manage that with TWO, let alone dozens.

Bunnyman said...

That looks like a huge amount of fun for everyone present!

muneezz said...

I saw that lovely boy loping away to play -- too cute!

Rachel said...

Oh My Goodness!! Too much cuteness!! I wish we had a Hoppy Hour here in Springfield, MO although I don't think my Bailey would behave as well as Dougal

TheShazz said...

My Nutmeg would be grunting and boxing at any other bunny who dare enter "her" space.

And Dougal!!!!!!! The ears!!!!!!!

SixBunnies said...

I would be crying for Dougal ... My boy is all grown up ... or I would be constantly watching to make sure some other bunny didn't hurt my bunnies' feelings and everybunny had somebunny to play with and nobunny was left out ... yeh ... I'd be a helicopter mom ...

DJ said...

I am simply amazed that all those rabbits are peacefully co-existing and even greeting one another! How do they manage that??? All of my bunnies were super hard to bond, with the exception of one pair.

Sahar said...

Aaaahhh!!! BUNNIES!!!!!! *Squeal*

I mean, why, look at all those bunnies.

AAAAHHHH!!!! DOUGAL!!!!!! *SQUEAL!!!*

Okay, I can't help it. I check this (and other bunny blogs for a reason).

I'm baffled at how well they are all behaving with each other though, and from the comments, I can tell I'm not the only one. My Moshi would be hiding by my pants. No idea what Mia Jamili would be doing. She has always been far more social than Moshi with bunnies. I'd love to know what the purpose behind these gatherings is.

Fleetie said...

Wow! That is super-cute!

I approve!

And Dougal is a star, with those ears of his!

"floppitude"! Ha-ha!

Paula said...

Dougal is a sexy beast compared to all those fluffy bunners, I just love his ears!

Capt. Ridiculous said...

That looks like my yard :)
Bunnies everyhere.

Cheddar33 said...

I loved this!!! I'm trying to imagine how my four buns would react with so many rabbits. My dominant one would be really angry. The other four would probably be scared.

Paula said...

This is a good example of animals gathering on neutral ground. I've seen this kind of thing before when I've participated in a Blessing of the Animals at church. They just all get along, quite amazing really.

janet2buns said...

"Bouncers".....too funny! I love the little pair in the middle of the frame grooming each other.

I bet Phoebe would go off with some of the bigger bunnies and leave The Drizz to fend for himself. He'd be all "Mama! I scared!"

And RG, you're right! Dougal does look like a bigger kid in the kindergarten sandbox.

Katie said...

Ok, flipping them?? Like putting them on their back? Oooh Clover so wouldn't like that. Never thought to use it as a punishment...

janet2buns said...

It's only 1,000 km. from where I live to St. Paul, Minnesota! It would be totally worth the drive to see that much cute in one place at one time!

AECDesigns said...

Two words:
Bun Fun

Furbeast said...

Seeing all those bunnies in one place makes me happy!

On the other hand the ambient disapproval level generated by that many buns in a concentrated area must have been so high I'm surprised more hoomins didn't pass out.

Then again the buns made the hoomins sit outside the playground and they were clearly not allowed to touch the toys, play on the gym equipment, or eat the snacks.

brandi b said...
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brandi b said...

I bet they were all so well behaved because of the overwhelming amount of rabbits in a neutral territory. No one had time to pee on everything and claim it and there were too many bunnies to choose from to start dominating. Tough choices for a bunny.

brandi b said...

I could watch hoppy hour for hours, every day. We totaly need a live feed of hoppy hour. OR a full length dvd (not the youtube milisecond bursts). Seriously, I would buy the dvd. Let me repeat this. I would buy Hoppy Hour, the dvd.

brandi b said...

And furthermore...(I keep watching the video looking for binkies in the background new comments come to mind. I am surviving on energy drinks and sudafed, so I am loopy and sleepy and on overdrive autopilot)

Um, right...to continue...
FURTHERMORE...Dougal cannot possibly be a rabbit. He has to be a HARE. Yup, think about it. Dougal is a Hare. Those ears could only belong to a hare. And he is a big muscular beefcake of a lagomorph. You can see his muscles flexing for goodness sake. It's like a pitbull mated with bunny.

bunnits said...

Go, Dougal!!

Wow! That was amazing. What a neat idea, bouncers and all.

janet2buns said...

I like that bunless hoomins get to attend for free. It's very compassionate of the bunnies to help the disadvantaged, even if they are only stoopid hoomins.

SixBunnies said...

So, how does it feel having the absolute cutest rabbit in the play group???? Dougal is the coolest dude there!

St├ęphanie S. said...

AHHH, BUNNIES! So many bunnies! To much cuteness, my eyes are burning!

candygirl25 said...

I wish they had that here in Saskatoon! Bunnyrat and I would go. I'm sure we'd get kicked out a few times depending on her mood though...She knows if she beats up the dog she gets flipped and carried over to her cage for a time out, but it doesn't stop her some days.

thef1chick said...

I think the key here is a huge space for the bunnies to play in so they dont feel like they are "with" another bun or that another bun is in their space. I wish we had a space like this at our shelter.
Charla Ferguson
Ga HRS

Jo said...

I would love to see more video! That is just so adorable! How fortunate you are to have such a nifty program nearby - and the bunnies looked so happy to be so social! I love watching my bunnies, but such a crowd is even more fun. Thank you so much for posting that.

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Pepper said...

I am stunned! My only experience of putting two bunnies together was immediate fur flying - perhaps its because its a neutral environment and there are so many of them, but they're all so happy and no fighting (I expect that's good editing :) ). How lovely.

Kenn Fong said...

I wish the video was longer. An hour of soothing bunnies romping.