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Rabbit behaviour
Managing conspecific overgrooming in rabbits
  1. Guen Bradbury
  1. 4 Kettles Close, Oakington CB24 3XA, e-mail:

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MOST physical contact between rabbits in stable groups is social grooming, which consists almost entirely of licking on the top of the head, around the eyes and, to a lesser extent, along the ears. When such grooming removes the fur or creates signs of inflammation, it can be described as conspecific overgrooming. Conspecific overgrooming differs from barbering in that the lesions are usually around the eyelids (as the skin and fur covering are thin), as opposed to on the ventral …

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