I rescued a rabbit that was seriously hurt by a cage mate about 8 months ago. I was only supposed to be a temporary caretaker, but I fell in love with the guy and decided to adopt him. The vet said he couldn't be bonded to other rabbits in his life. He is a lionhead, and so very small, and I've cleared a whole room, about 12x8ft for him to roam around at his leisure. I also spend some time in this room in the evenings reading and generally moving about. He is a very good rabbit, doesn't chew the rugs, carpets, walls, or other things laying about (books, baskets, furniture).
I just seem to be having the hardest time bonding to him. I hear him running and jumping sometimes at night, but whenever I am in the room he will sit under the coffee table and not do anything. He doesn't really approach me, and I am reluctant to handle him because when I had to give him medicine and clean his wounds he would bite me, though when I (rarely) do he will sit with me awhile and let me pet him. Whenever I move around the room, he seems to panic and the will thump both back feet and stay on the opposite side of the room from me. I have supplied a lot of toys, cardboard boxes, paper, etc. I give lots of veggies, clean his litter box and cage often. I notice him sometimes laying down and stretching out, or cleaning himself if I have not moved about or made much noise in awhile, otherwise he seems so anxious.
Does anyone have any other ideas or thoughts about helping him bond to me?