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Kavanne
18-06-2013, 04:42 PM
Well?? I notice it in all my buns when they eat their absolute favourite thing...

My husband has postulated it is a suppressed binky because they are so happy but they want to keep eating?

Why do you think they do it??

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Jolysium
18-06-2013, 04:44 PM
I would love to know the answer to this too! Some of mine do it when they are eating their favourite food and one of them does it while eating her own cecals! :lol:

Amethyst
18-06-2013, 05:20 PM
None of my previous six bunnies did this, but Ailise does it! It's most pronounced when eating bananas. :lol: I'd love to know why!

AMETHYST

martyn_t
18-06-2013, 07:40 PM
I can only add my theory. I think it might be a mild form of cataplexy. I have seen videos of goats becoming dystonic when they are excited and a dog that slowly 'collapsed' from the rear when he was eating some food.

So my two penneth with absolutely zero empirical evidence is that it is a mild cataplexic state! But it is cute. I will try and get some video of our little Teddy with his flank twitching.

bumblicious
18-06-2013, 07:41 PM
Is it like when one of their sides towards the back twitches when they eat?

martyn_t
18-06-2013, 07:43 PM
Is it like when one of their sides towards the back twitches when they eat?

I think so - that was my interpretation.

bumblicious
18-06-2013, 07:44 PM
I didn't realise this was something all bunnies do! Bumble does it when she eats pellets or vegetables it doesn't have to be any particular food but then again she gets very excited at all food. I actually wondered if there was something wrong! I didn't know it was normal!

Jackaroonie
18-06-2013, 07:44 PM
Is it twitching like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr_1N4CQeuQ) If so it's completely normal :thumb:

(If you click this it will lead you to a youtube video )

Peterbunny
18-06-2013, 07:49 PM
Peter does it when eating nanas!

bumblicious
18-06-2013, 07:49 PM
Yes it's like that! I didn't know it was normal bunny behaviour! Quite glad I came across this thread now!

martyn_t
18-06-2013, 07:49 PM
Is it twitching like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr_1N4CQeuQ) If so it's completely normal :thumb:

(If you click this it will lead you to a youtube video )

Interesting video. From what the lady on the vid is saying I wonder if it is a dominant gene?

Roly Poly
18-06-2013, 08:33 PM
Rolo does it, especially when he has a banana treat xx

Kavanne
18-06-2013, 08:49 PM
Can anyone check Tamsin's book? Is it in there? My hubby has my copy!

Or maybe just nobody knows :(

DemiS
18-06-2013, 08:49 PM
Harley does it too sometimes but I've no idea what causes it :lol:

Kavanne
18-06-2013, 08:51 PM
Is it twitching like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr_1N4CQeuQ) If so it's completely normal :thumb:

(If you click this it will lead you to a youtube video )

That's an excellent video!!

*lily*
18-06-2013, 09:00 PM
None of my previous six bunnies did this, but Ailise does it! It's most pronounced when eating bananas. :lol: I'd love to know why!

AMETHYST

Louie does the banana bunny bum waggle too :D

bumblicious
18-06-2013, 09:02 PM
It's interesting how a lot of people say theirs do it with certain foods. Bumble does it all the time when she eats apart from maybe hay

Georgeypudding
18-06-2013, 09:55 PM
I've never seen that, but Sebastian wags his tail :lol:

Oompa-Loompa
18-06-2013, 10:20 PM
Bella does this when she eats bananas and strawberries :lol:

Hoppit!
18-06-2013, 10:23 PM
Pickles only does it when he's being norty, and knows it. It's usually followed by a norty binky. He's never done it when eating banana though, or anything else for that matter.

Fifibutton
18-06-2013, 10:59 PM
Wow I've never seen that in my bunnies, looks a bit freaky to me :oops: Mine wiggle their tails when running around or in anticipation of food. It does look like a muscle spasm. Perhaps its all to do wit the digestion and bu preparing to poop as more food comes in!

newbabybuns
19-06-2013, 12:02 AM
I've seen Frankie doing it when she is eating ceacals :lol:

Cari
19-06-2013, 12:05 AM
Ellie wags her tail but neither of mine do that when eating! Funny things these bunnies :p

chloemurray
19-06-2013, 09:02 AM
Cupcake and Pud do it when they eat pretty much anything, Nahla only does it when she eats banana :lol:

bumblicious
19-06-2013, 09:15 AM
I am really interested why they do this now but from sounds of it no one knows. Funny how some do it with some food and not others and others do it with all food and some not at all I wonder why?

natsusakura
19-06-2013, 01:49 PM
I am really interested why they do this now but from sounds of it no one knows. Funny how some do it with some food and not others and others do it with all food and some not at all I wonder why?

I think what the lady said in the video is more than likely right.
If you think about it keeping the leg muscles active in case they need to sprint away from danger makes sense.
All we need to do now is film a wildie doing it to see :)

Jaysmonkey
19-06-2013, 01:51 PM
Gracie is a chronic eating twitcher :lol:

Mimah and Roger don't do it.

Mak does occasionally. Chicky used to do it :love::love:

CookieCrisp
19-06-2013, 05:29 PM
Bernie twitches although not as much as in that video

madcatwoman
19-06-2013, 05:41 PM
Twinkle and Stanley do it. Not sure about Ozzie as hes black so harder to see