I've been putting off updating for no particular reason for the last 2 days, even though the sessions are going great. So, here's probably the largest post I'll ever post on this site!
Attempt #2 bonding session #9 (done in the afternoon of 11/9) went great! It was about 20 minutes long. The bunnies were in the neutral hallway.
When I first put them together, they just stared at eachother for a while:
But then they decided to explore:
As usual, Ms. Rabbit was a little more serious than Mr. Bunny. She followed him around and demanded head pets while he continued exploring:
The bunnies shared some pellets on the floor. Eventually, Mr. Bunny gave in and licked Ms. Rabbit for a while. He then went on to sit on her ():
The bunnies exchanged licks for the last few minutes of the session. Unfortunately, I had to go somewhere, so I had to seperate them early.
Attempt #2 bonding session #10 (done in the evening of 11/9) went great! I had the bunnies in the neutral bathroom. It was about 45 minutes long.
When I first put the bunnies together, they immediately both put their heads down for licking. With a little encouragement (I've taught him a hand signal trick for this...lol), Mr. Bunny started licking Ms. Rabbit like crazy:
At first, when I put down the veggies, Ms. Rabbit didn't feel like eating:
...so she started exploring. She hopped behind the toilet for a while. Mr. Bunny eventually got the courage to follow her:
The bunnies chewed on the broom together for a while:
While Ms. Rabbit ate the rest of the salad, Mr. Bunny slowly creeped up on her:
After sharing the rest of the veggies together, the bunnies had another lickfest. They continued licking and snuggling until the end of the session.
Attempt #2 bonding session #11 (done yesterday afternoon) went great! It was about 45-60 minutes long. Unfortunately, I don't have any good pictures of this session. I had the bunnies in the neutral hallway, but this time, they had most of the hallway to hop around in.
Well, they did great in the larger space! They were a little scared when I first put them together, but within a few minutes, they were licking and snuggling. They shared some pellets together and then flopped next to eachother. I seperated them on a good note, after the bunnies licked eachother for a while.
Attempt #2 bonding session #12 (done yesterday evening) also went great! (although that seems to be how they usually go now It was about 1 hour long. I had them in the neutral bathroom, as usual.
When I first put the bunnies together, they immediately dug into the veggies:
It was really silly, because they kept stealing veggies out of eachother's mouths. Fights over who gets the lettuce are much better than tooth-and-nail fighting!
After they both finished eating, Mr. Bunny gave Ms. Rabbit's butt and back a very thorough cleaning:
After a few minutes of that, the bunnies took a break for cecals and grooming:
....and then snuggled for a while:
Unfortunately, after a few minutes, I did just what I was trying to avoid and attracted Mr. Bunny's attention:
I then fed the bunnies a few raisins. After the raisins, they snuggled right next to me:
Unfortunately, Mr. Bunny got a claw stuck in the rug while running over to get raisins. (Don't worry, I checked him over, and he's fine - just bent a claw.) He started holding it up and licking it. Ms. Rabbit got scared and gave him a small nip in just the wrong place - the paw that he had just hurt!
Mr. Bunny jumped away after giving her a small nip on the side in return. Fortunately, the bunnies didn't have the fight I was expecting. Instead, they just hopped around and looked scared for a minute:
Fortunately, they were back together within about 2 minutes:
Ms. Rabbit was still a little too scared to lick Mr. Bunny, but that was OK with him. He licked her for about 5 or 6 minutes straight:
I decided to end the session then, on a good note.
I'm still planning to start doing cementing early next week. Do you think that I should do a session in non-neutral territory (aka one or both bunny rooms) before cementing? Neither rabbit is too territorial about the non-neutral territory, since I've been swiching them in their rooms daily for about a week now.