How to Pick Up a Rabbit

If pet bunnies are not handled gently and often, they may not be comfortable with being picked up. In addition, keep in mind that rabbits are prey animals, rather than predators, so naturally it can be scary for them to be handled.

Correctly picking up and holding a bunny

To properly pick up a rabbit, place one hand under the rabbit’s front armpits, place your other hand on the rump near the hind end, lift and hold the rabbit securely to your body. Make sure you are supporting the rabbit’s back at all times.

It’s important that you hold the rabbit close and make sure that you have a good grip, so the rabbit feels safe. Since rabbits usually don’t like being picked up, they can be wiggly and try to jump out of your arms. If you feel that the rabbit is about to jump, get low. That way, if the rabbit does jump, he’s closer to the ground.

When you’re handling a rabbit, always stay calm and quiet to avoid startling him. And please, never pick up a rabbit by his ears, scruff or feet, or in any other way that doesn’t support the rabbit’s back.

Step one in how to pick up a rabbit

Step three in how to pick up a rabbit