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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > THE LOUNGE > Odd question.. why do rabbits have tails?
Last Post by bunnyfriend at 12/09/2011 4:30 PM (29 Replies)
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User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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12/08/2011 2:05 PM

I was just thinking about it while poking Zeus's tail and saying "IT'S YOUR TAIL!  THERE IT IS!  IT'S LITTLE AND FURRY!"  .  He looks at me like I'm crazy when I do that. .

But anyways, why do buns have tails?  What is their purpose?  They don't really offer balance when turning like a dog's tail.. nor do they really seem to communicate with it as much as a cat does with it's kitty tail.  They do communicate a LITTLE with it, as we've all seen the bunny tail waggle when they're being naughty/playful and hop away from you. .

Do bunnies use their tails to talk to other bunnies?  If not, why do they have them? 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline Monkeybun
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12/08/2011 2:17 PM
it's probably some leftover thing, like the appendix in humans. Useless, but there

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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12/08/2011 3:20 PM
Well, I know deer throw their tails up to show the white to communicate to others that there is danger around, so maybe bunnies do the same?

User is Offline Sarita
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12/08/2011 3:32 PM
Because they are tattle tails :~)

User is Offline Huckleberry
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12/08/2011 3:46 PM
So that you can do just that... poke at them and tease them until they run off foot flicking

I have noticed that it Huckles has her tail at different levels of up when she is running in a different way. When she is scared. like when a door opens, her ears go up, she kind of drops her bum and races off around the corner, I call it drag racing. When she does this, her tail is down parallel to the floor. When she binkies and jumps around, it wiggles around...
Oh tail giggles!!!! That's what its for!!! Tail giggles!!!!

User is Offline kamdynandsunshinesmom
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12/08/2011 3:56 PM
Well don't they do need it so when they pee they can lift there tail. Plus it just looks cute!

User is Offline BunnyDuck
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12/08/2011 3:59 PM
If you notice most of rabbits tails underneath are white. They lift it up to warn other rabbits of danger, and the white tends to stand out for other rabbits to see. There is probably other reasons too, but that's a main one.

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12/08/2011 4:31 PM
Posted By BunnyDuck on 12/08/2011 06:59 PM
If you notice most of rabbits tails underneath are white. They lift it up to warn other rabbits of danger, and the white tends to stand out for other rabbits to see. There is probably other reasons too, but that's a main one.


But like Huckleberry said, when Zeus is scared/startled, he runs with his tail parallel to the floor, not up.  So his white underside to his tail doesn't show when he sees a "threat".
 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline LBJ10
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12/08/2011 4:38 PM
Are we talking evolutionary reasons? Or just our romanticized ideas? =p

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12/08/2011 4:47 PM
Posted By LBJ10 on 12/08/2011 07:38 PM
Are we talking evolutionary reasons? Or just our romanticized ideas? =p


I like talking about both, personally. .
 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


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12/08/2011 4:52 PM
Posted By bunnnnnnie! on 12/08/2011 07:31 PM
Posted By BunnyDuck on 12/08/2011 06:59 PM
If you notice most of rabbits tails underneath are white. They lift it up to warn other rabbits of danger, and the white tends to stand out for other rabbits to see. There is probably other reasons too, but that's a main one.


But like Huckleberry said, when Zeus is scared/startled, he runs with his tail parallel to the floor, not up.  So his white underside to his tail doesn't show when he sees a "threat".





I'm not sure.  This is just what I was told when I studied Animal Management. My bunnies lift their tails when they get nervous about something, but they are all different.
 

 


User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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12/08/2011 5:20 PM
Posted By BunnyDuck on 12/08/2011 07:52 PM
Posted By bunnnnnnie! on 12/08/2011 07:31 PM
Posted By BunnyDuck on 12/08/2011 06:59 PM
If you notice most of rabbits tails underneath are white. They lift it up to warn other rabbits of danger, and the white tends to stand out for other rabbits to see. There is probably other reasons too, but that's a main one.


But like Huckleberry said, when Zeus is scared/startled, he runs with his tail parallel to the floor, not up.  So his white underside to his tail doesn't show when he sees a "threat".





I'm not sure.  This is just what I was told when I studied Animal Management. My bunnies lift their tails when they get nervous about something, but they are all different.
 

 

Maybe Zeus's "warn other bunnies" reflex is broken. 

 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline Huckleberry
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12/08/2011 5:23 PM
LOL Yeah, Huckleberry and Zeus are "every bun for themselves" kind of buns!

User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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12/08/2011 5:25 PM
Posted By Huckleberry on 12/08/2011 08:23 PM
LOL Yeah, Huckleberry and Zeus are "every bun for themselves" kind of buns!


Yup!  Hahaha! 
 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline bunnyfriend
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12/08/2011 5:34 PM
Bhahahha I love this thread.
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User is Offline Mandyyy
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12/08/2011 6:00 PM
Hmm... your right... the purpose... who knows?
I know rats use their tail to "see". They have mini hairs on it that help them guide through the dark, and because they have poor eyesight. They also use it to hold onto things, communicate with each other, keep their body temp to their liking, and for balance. Oh rats! Lol.
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User is Offline LBJ10
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12/08/2011 6:03 PM
Let's see, I suppose there are probably several evolutionary explanations. An animal with a shorter tail was most likely at more of an advantage somehow. Perhaps a longer tail gave predators something to latch on to? Further on down the evolutionary line, as rabbits became rabbits, I imagine the appendage was adapted for some other purpose. So like others have suggested, it is used as a warning signal similar to white tail deer. We're talking about wild rabbits here. Domestication does some pretty weird things.

Romanticized version would be that bunny rabbits needed a way to alert their buddies of danger and therefore developed a tail for that purpose. Now Mr Bunny Rabbit has his own little place in nature, living in complete harmony. Hehe!

User is Offline RabbitPam
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12/09/2011 1:33 AM

I'm guessing that they use it to communicate (the white alert thing) but it has other uses. I think when they stand up on their hind legs to periscope, they may use it for support in case they roll backwards, like a third stool leg. I also wonder if it protects their private parts from dirt and disease (and other nosy bunnies) by acting as a bit of a cover until they have to go and lift it.

Might also support them when they curl up to eat cecals, and even block them from rolling away before they are eaten. I know they have really good control of them, so it's not a useless appendage.

The winner of best tail was my Spockie. He used to spin it fast like a pinwheel when he got excited. 

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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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12/09/2011 1:58 AM

They need the tail. It adds to the "Way over the top adorable" look that bunnies have going on. Giant ears, feet that are too big, that sniffy little nose. Why not a little fwuffy pom pom stuck on the tookas?

Poor Bindi! He can't communicate with his tail, it's all white. I love Stormy's tail: beige on top and light grey underneath. 

Olivia needs her tail to wiggle when she plays "Haha, you can't catch me human".

The other day I told Stormy that his tail is too cute I'm gonna pull it off and use it as a fridge magnet. Yes, I am crazy! Ahahahahahahahah!

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User is Offline Rabbit lover
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12/09/2011 2:05 AM
I would say that it is to worn other bunnies when my bunnies are bonding and they are about to get in a fight they raise there tails as high as possible.
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