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Okay, I am oh so curious!! I know that rabbits sleep with their eyes open and in many sleeping positions (mine just flops onto her side OR does the bunny loaf/cotton ball position as I call it).
How can bunnies sleep with their eyes open? Is there a hidden eyelid?
I understand they do this because of a fear of getting eaten by predators.. but how does their anatomy allow bunnies to do it? A hidden eyelid?
Posted By Petzy on 08/04/2010 10:06 AM
Some sleep with their eyes open and some look really creepy wiith eyeys open but the third eye lid slipped over the eye...
I had posted a pic of what I thought was the 3rd eye lid in Rumballs eye. He had flopped and was totally out of it. This layer was greyish & went straight across top half of his eye.
BUT last night I was lying next to Jersey and she was meatloafing, and her eyelids did that trembling thing. THEN she flopped. It gave me a fright how quick she went into a flop, it almost looked involuntary. She was in a deep flop so I could look directly over her and this eyelid thing came well down over her eye. It was opaque and i could even see tiny blood vessels. A less opaque one came a little across from the corner of the eye too. I gather that the one from the corner is the 3rd eyelid but what is this other one?
It was weird! The only part of her eye showing what a small triangle of brown. I wish I could have gotten a picture but my camera is broken. Even if I went to get the one on my phone, she would have moved.