How to handle your rabbit

When taking a rabbit out of a hutch it should always feel safe. Approach it from the front placing one hand under its stomach and the other supporting its hind quarters – to stop it reversing – and take most of the weight. Gently lift it and bring it forward into your body so it cannot wriggle and will feel secure.

Never pick up a rabbit by its ears! (However, if you visit a show and watch a judge turning a rabbit over, it looks like they are pulling its ears. Don’t worry, the rabbit’s weight is actually supported in the other hand underneath. This is a good way of controlling a rabbit but should only be used when you have been shown how to do it properly.)