I wish that I could take a picture of him but every time I move, he sits up and opens his eyes to see what I am doing.
I attempted with the camera but when he hears the zoom sound, he sits up and checks what’s going on. I tried with the phone but zooming on the phone camera is shite and results in a pixelated “WTF is that?” kind of picture.
One day, one day, I will get a good photo of him sleeping and I will show you. It is the most sweetest thing ever!
It is an honour and a privilege to witness Paris Bunny sleeping because:
a) He is moody. Sometimes he’ll let you touch him, sometimes he won’t. Most times he won’t even let you look at him and he sneaks from box to box to keep his “out in the open” time minimal.
b) He is overly cautious. If you place anything new in his area he will stare at it for ages and then creep up to it halfway and then run away. He does this process over and over, getting closer and closer until he finally gets close enough and familiar enough with whatever it is to realise it’s not going to hurt him.
c) He is skittish. Lots of times he’ll run away at the tiniest sound and hide in his box (which is in his hutch) aka his panic room. In this box, he can’t see you, you can’t see him. Best of all, you can’t touch him. The box is small and dark and for him, safe and he stays in there a lot. It’s his favourite to sleep.
d) Being a prey animal, bunnies tend to sleep with their eyes open so they can see danger coming.
e) To help them escape quickly and run if danger comes, they tend to sleep with all 4 feet firmly planted on the ground
f) They tend to keep their vulnerable parts protected (tummy to ground so you only ever see their back, head close to body so their neck isn’t too exposed).
So… when I glance over to see Paris lying down completely on his side, on his blanket, feet stretched out, exposing his white belly, gently breathing, laying in his hutch (outside of his box), there is an automatic “awwwwwww” that comes out of my heart and a real sense that “We’re doing something right.”
Afterall, a skittish, scaredy-cat bunny doesn’t end up that relaxed just ’cause.
Today, I witnessed him in a deep sleep. His ears twitched and so did his legs (like a dog shakes its leg when presumably running in their dream). His eyes were completely shut and then he started tilting his head back and moving his mouth around like he was mumbling or grinding his teeth.
If he tilted back any more he would have ended up rolling onto his back. Of course, as soon as I moved to attempt a picture he lifted his head and opened his eyes.
Not wanting to disturb him to the point of making him get up and hide, I just sat there in silence and watched him. Eventually, he closed his eyes again and put his head back down to sleep. His sleeping position looks so much like that of a human baby on its side!
This is one picture I’ll have to patiently wait to capture.
Meanwhile, I am chuffed with being able to watch him. He’s basically shown me that he feels safe enough to allow himself to be that vulnerable, in my presence.
He’s not quite like Rome who flops right by my feet if I’m sitting in his area or by my head when I lie down on the floor. Paris still keeps a distance which is why I’m having so much trouble with zooming the camera!
But to allow himself a deep and blissful sleep even when I’m around does make me a proud furbaby parent. We are developing trust. He is happy, healthy, feels safe and relaxed. That’s all I could want for my furbaby!