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Rabbit health
Misconceptions regarding rabbit behaviour
  1. J. A. Oxley1 and
  2. C. F. Ellis2
  1. 135 Farnes Drive, Gidea Park, Romford, Essex RM2 6NS
  2. 2Moulton College, West Street, Moulton, Northamptonshire NN3 7RR
  1. e-mail: james_oxley1{at}

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TONIC immobility (also referred to as ‘trancing’ and being ‘hypnotised’ [Varga 2013]) has been noted in rabbits, by Buseth and Saunders (2015), as ‘a condition certain prey have acquired to escape enemies. It is a defence mechanism rabbits habitually revert to when they have no other options of escape. The rabbit will play dead; so that …

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