Okay, Confession time. I'm a recent convert. I've always been weirded out by red eyed animals. I've also always known that my reaction to them was unreasonable and stupid, but it wasn't something I could control. I accepted this as a personal failing and moved on with my life.
However, I recently took my George to a shelter to find a bondmate. I was asked if I'd consider a pair instead of a singleton, which of course I would. (If I had enough money, I'd adopt all the rabbits in the entire world.) George fell head over heels for a rabbit who was bonded to an REW. I was willing to accept my unconscious disconcertion with REWs when it came to my happiness but not when it came to George's.
So, I brought them home and I am officially obsessed with my REW who's got the coloration of a Himalayan, the pudge-y little body of a lop, a stately little dewlap, and the sweetest disposition EVER. She's not even spayed (working on that) and she's made of love. I don't know how she has room for her organs with all that love inside her. I accidentally cut the quick on her toe the other day and I didn't even know until I saw it bleeding. She wasn't angry or mean at all. She was happy to be loved and cuddled on even though she was in pain.
Also, the more time I spend with her the cuter she gets. I mean look at this.
She's so beautiful.
Even the cat's in love with her.
I feel horrible about it, but I remember looking at her at the shelter and thinking she was terrifying (she did also have earmites at the time). Even now sometimes I catch her at just the wrong angle when she's got her eyes wide open and she looks like she's trying to suck out my soul. But most of the time she's so adorable that if she asked for my soul, I'd give it to her.
It is so different to be around a rabbit all the time. Their personality starts to become something you physically see while looking at them. I really do think that better pictures of REWs not just to minimize glare but to show them engaging in activities that they enjoy, playing with a stuffed animal, snuggled in a basket of hay. Petfinder pics of buns always make them look startled and vaguely horrified.