View Full Version : lops with one ear up and the other down - why?

31-05-2005, 02:26 PM
hi there I have a mini/dawrf lop cross who 90% of the time has one ear up and one down, is this quite common? Why does this happen?
It looks so sweet and comical.


I also have her mother but she is a mini lop and has both ears down all the time.



31-05-2005, 02:31 PM
Skip's brother had one ear up and one down but Skip has two lop ears. Might be a genetic fault?? :?


Here's a pic

31-05-2005, 02:35 PM
I have an angora with one uppy ear and one downy ear!!! She can stick it up but it tends to lop!!

31-05-2005, 03:12 PM
They're affectionately known as helicopter ears!

31-05-2005, 03:26 PM
:lol: very cute! but can be due to a bad case of ear mites when they're young

31-05-2005, 03:27 PM
are ear mites visible to the naked eye? How do you know if the bun has got them?

31-05-2005, 03:32 PM
they'll be some scratching of the ears aswell as usually head shaking. In the inside there will be scabs, and possibly bleeding from the scratcing. You may be able to see the mites aswell which are black. (i think i have this right! correct me if i'm wrong!)

31-05-2005, 03:39 PM
My rabbit George also has one ear up one ear down....have seen both ears down on some occasions! :lol:

Must get a photo on!!! Im the only one without!!

Rexy bexy
31-05-2005, 03:46 PM
normaly it just sometimes happens in litter u can get lops with really good ear carriage and some that will never lop, there are usulay ones who had smaller ears or light weight ears

31-05-2005, 04:06 PM
I dont think mine has got mites from what you have describes, I guess she's just as Rebecca says, or maybe she just canny make up her mind if she wants to be a lop or not :lol:

I only joined a few days ago and so far lots of people I have spoken to are all from Glasgow - just like me - didn't know there were so many bunny lovers here! cheers


31-05-2005, 07:14 PM
I've always wonder this as well. My little girl Fern was a helicopter ears, but once she got to about 5 yrs old she looked lopped - she still had the ability to make them go up if she wanted to. Her ears seem to be joined ot her head in a different place to Charlie's.

This is Fern when she was about 2 - proper helicopter ears, but the pic of he rin sig was when she was about 5, proper lop. I wonder what Lavenders will do as she gets older?

Kerri C
31-05-2005, 08:29 PM
My old lop Phoebe had loppy down ears but one or both would always go up when she was listening to something or if she was running beside a wall!! :lol:

31-05-2005, 08:33 PM
Sooty is helicopter eared and giant ears at that :lol: :lol: :lol:

03-06-2005, 10:24 AM
Sometimes it can be mites but usually I think it's to do with how heavy their ears are. Very large and heavy ears go full lop while "normal" sized rabbit ears stay upright. If they're not heavy enough to fully lop one may go while the other stays up. I think it's to do with the strenght of the muscles in the ears.

I've noticed that my lops have different degrees of ear control depending on the size. Jemima's are very long but quite narrow and she can hold one upright or both like aeroplane wings, although only for short periods of time. Dudley's are heavy and wide, he can hold them up a bit when he's really interested in something. Rosie's are the biggest and she has the least control, you can tell when she's holding them forward but it's quite subtle.

Just my observations :)

03-06-2005, 10:54 AM
It's usually to do with how wide the crown is as to when they lop and if they have control of their ears or not...one of mine is like that, however it's her lopped ear at fault as she should be a sticky-up eared bun.