Rabbit jumping to make debut at Wanneroo Agricultural Show

Rabbit jumping to make debut at Wanneroo Agricultural Show

CHINOOK the mini lop rabbit may look cute but he is set to be a fierce competitor at the Wanneroo Agricultural Show’s inaugural bunny jumping competition.

The kit is the first furry participant in the event, spearheaded by Bird and Exotic Veterinary Services vet Ingrid Danylyk, who said rabbit jumping was popular in Canada, parts of Europe and the UK.

To help rabbits and their owners prepare, she and staff from Emergency Vet Hospital in Wangara will be holding training sessions on July 6 and 13.

“Rabbit jumping provides a safe and fun environment where people of all ages in the community can bond and enjoy their pet bunnies’ activities,” Dr Danylyk said.

The rabbits will start learning to jump by using rolled towels, before advancing to tunnels, long jumps and hurdles.

She said the animals thrive on activity and it was a great way for owners to interact with their pet.

“The bunnies are in an environment where they are both exercising and being socially interactive,” she said.

“Their owners are able to enjoy learning and have another component of their bunny ownership to cherish.”

Hospital business manager and Chinook’s owner Sue Reid encouraged other rabbit parents to attend the sessions.

“They will learn about how to look after their bunny and how to have a good relationship,” she said.

For more information, call 9200 6247.