Rabbits often use their body language to pass information to you, other rabbits or pets, besides the few sounds they may use to express themselves or ‘speak’. One of such body language is binkying or a happy bunny dance.
A rabbit binky jump happens when this pet jumps into the air accompanied by vigorous contorting or twisting of its head in the opposite direction and kicking while still in the air. The head shakes or twists can range from small ones to huge 180-degree swirls.
Sometimes, your bunny may do half-binky where it will flick its head or ear, instead of twisting its whole body or leaping to the air. It will be done with mischief and not in a similar manner to the regular ear wobbling that means ‘I’d rather not’, to denote a refusal.
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What do bunny binkies mean?
Not every person who owns a pet rabbit has ever seen it binkying. However, you will be very excited the first time you notice it. It is a spectacular acrobatic movement.
This is one of the bunny dances which means that your rabbit is super happy and excited and cannot contain her or his excitement. If your furry friend is super excited, and wild, he can perform several of these acrobatic movements. Your pet is saying ‘life is so good’, ‘I am so excited or happy’ and so on.
If you were bonding these pets, this jubilation dance is a good sign that all is going well and the bunnies that are being bonded are getting along so well.
Some people assume this is an involuntary behavior or it is a result of muscle spasms especially if it happens suddenly. There is little scientific evidence to support this assumption. Therefore, this dancing happens purely out of joy and excitement.
Why is my bunny not binkying?
For those who have never witnessed binkying, there may be a few reasons why it does not happen which may revolve around a small rabbit run or playpen or health issues such as musculoskeletal diseases including arthritis, environmental conditions or your pet is unhappy and stressed. Your vet may help you evaluate if your bunny is well and make any necessary recommendations.
Finally, it is worthwhile noting that whereas some rabbits may binky quite often, some will do it a few times and others will not do it at all, even if they are very happy and excited. They may use other ways to show their joy and happiness.
If you have never witnessed this happy rabbit dance, it does not mean your furry friend is not happy. Look for other signs of happiness instead of feeling you are not pleasing this pet enough.