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January 29, 2012 10:11 AM   Subscribe

Rabbit plays sheepdog. (SLYT)
posted by sardonyx (41 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
As if we needed more documentary evidence that really, rabbits are kind of assholes.

Five words for you, bunny! Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch!
posted by bicyclefish at 10:34 AM on January 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


Love this. I had a rabbit who would get up in the cats' faces so she could provoke a merry chase around the apartment.
posted by book 'em dano at 10:36 AM on January 29, 2012


bicyclefish, may I recommend to you The Wasp Factory... you'll love it.
posted by heyho at 10:41 AM on January 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


This says much less about the audacity of rabbits than it does about the stupidity of sheep.
posted by clarknova at 10:48 AM on January 29, 2012 [31 favorites]


That'll do hare. That'll do.
posted by Blue_Villain at 10:52 AM on January 29, 2012 [19 favorites]


A rabbit like that you don't eat all at once!
posted by cjorgensen at 10:57 AM on January 29, 2012 [6 favorites]


Everything about this (ok, except the soundtrack) is good.
posted by clavicle at 10:59 AM on January 29, 2012


What's "fun" for some is definitely not fun for the poor sheep. I feel sorry for them. And in the long run, the farmer will kill and eat both the rabbit and the sheep which, to me, gives this "fun" a gruesomely sad edge.
posted by chance at 11:03 AM on January 29, 2012


And in the long run, the farmer will kill and eat both the rabbit and the sheep which, to me, gives this "fun" a gruesomely sad edge.

But fun with a gruesomely sad edge is the best kind of fun.
posted by bookish at 11:05 AM on January 29, 2012 [7 favorites]


You know you are low on the totem pole when even a rabbit can chase you around.
posted by edgeways at 11:08 AM on January 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


"You know you are low on the totem pole when even a rabbit can chase you around."

Just ask Jimmy Carter.
posted by HuronBob at 11:09 AM on January 29, 2012 [17 favorites]


And in the long run, the farmer will kill and eat both the rabbit and the sheep which, to me, gives this "fun" a gruesomely sad edge.

In the long run, they were going to die eventually anyway.
posted by empath at 11:10 AM on January 29, 2012


The more "animals smarter than you thought" videos I see, the less I like the idea of eating meat.
posted by DU at 11:11 AM on January 29, 2012 [6 favorites]


Cute, but went on at least three minutes too long, much like an SNL sketch.
posted by Gator at 11:21 AM on January 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


RICK

RICK

RICK

WHY WON'T THESE GIANT RABBITS PLAY WITH ME RICK?

RICK

THE CAT SAID YOU WERE COOL RICK
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:36 AM on January 29, 2012 [7 favorites]


I'm General Woundwort, and I approve this message.
posted by not_on_display at 11:53 AM on January 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


"You know you are low on the totem pole when even a rabbit can chase you around."

Just ask Jimmy Carter.


But that was a swimming killer rabbit. This one just needs some Ritalin rabbit kibble or something.
posted by fuse theorem at 12:10 PM on January 29, 2012


I'M PETER FUCKING COTTONTAIL I AM A BEAUTIFUL ANIMAL
posted by The Whelk at 12:27 PM on January 29, 2012 [7 favorites]


And in the long run, the farmer will kill and eat both the rabbit and the sheep which, to me, gives this "fun" a gruesomely sad edge.

I don't think many farmers raise dwarf rabbits for meat. It's not really economically viable when you can raise meat rabbits for meat.

And the sheep in this video are not scared, they are flocking. Sheep have a very strong natural instinct to follow other sheep, so when one runs, they all do. Sheep are more stressed by isolation, so much that in certain breeds uniform pasture must be provided because the flocking instinct is so strong, they will not move away from other sheep to forage.

It's absolutely not in the best interest of the farmer to have their sheep regularly scared, particularly small farmers who milk twice a day, shear, and lamb their own sheep. Domestic sheep require handling more than just about any other animal, and stressed sheep are nearly impossible to deal with.
posted by oneirodynia at 12:30 PM on January 29, 2012 [10 favorites]


The rabbit is just making the sheep react, something pretty easy to do (sheep behave like that anyway), rather than herding them somewhere specific. Just making sheep mill about back and forth isn't all that useful or impressive.

It's a very cute bunny though, just not all that sheep-dog-like.
posted by shelleycat at 12:41 PM on January 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


That is not a dwarf rabbit. He would probably make good eats.

And that rabbit is PISSED. Tail up, ears forward, and you can even see him snap at the sheep at least once. That rabbits does NOT like the sheep.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 12:45 PM on January 29, 2012


Right, that's what I was going to say.... he's not playing sheepdog, he's trying to scare the sheep out of his territory. He owns that spot, apparently.

That's not friendly behavior, that's an aggressive little asshole rabbit.
posted by Malor at 12:57 PM on January 29, 2012


Mute the video and put on some Irish tunes. Trust me, it works.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 1:00 PM on January 29, 2012


So basically the rabbit is showing it's natural rabbit behaviour and the sheep are responding with their normal sheep behaviour and it's not really working for anyone except the farmer. Who could have easily broken it up and let the sheep out after a minute or two of filming rather than dragging it out so long.
posted by shelleycat at 1:03 PM on January 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also, at a few points the sheep seem to be following the guy with the bucket. It doesn't appear to have feed in it, but I'm not sure the sheep know that.
posted by maryr at 1:35 PM on January 29, 2012


I don't even know what the Rick, Rick, Rick meme is, and already I'm getting tired of it. So there ya go.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 1:46 PM on January 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've always thought that Carter was chased by a nutria, who have giant orange teeth and would be of concern to any traveler, presidential or no.

The rabbit in the video has a mean streak a mile wide. All that's missing are the bones.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 1:51 PM on January 29, 2012


Marie Mon Dieu, here: Louis vs. Rick, the story of a man who taught his cat instant messaging.
posted by JHarris at 2:04 PM on January 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


The most amazing thing in that video is the border collie. Mentally it must be losing its shit trying not to chase bunny no sheep no bunny no sheep no bunny then sheep no sheep and bunny omg omg omgomgomgomg.....
posted by Salmonberry at 2:09 PM on January 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


Oh, and of course the bunny doesn't want those sheep around. Did you see the patch of dandelions in the corner? THOSE ARE FOR BUNNY AND BUNNY ALONE.

no one puts bunny in the corner
posted by Salmonberry at 2:10 PM on January 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


I don't even know what the Rick, Rick, Rick meme is, and already I'm getting tired of it. So there ya go.

Marie Mon Dieu, here: Louis vs. Rick, the story of a man who taught his cat instant messaging.


Did that cat thing precede Amy Poehler's Kaitlin character on SNL?
posted by fuse theorem at 2:37 PM on January 29, 2012


I had a pet rabbit as a teenager that used to love to play with our family's toy poodle. They were right around the same weight and height. They would chase each other all over, wrestle, hide and find each other. It was very sweet and both parties seemed to have a lot of fun. Occasionally though the rabbit would lose patience with the poodle and turn around and kick the crap out of her. Major muscles in rabbit hindquarters...

Also those people that tell you that you can housetrain rabbits so they just go in a specified area? Never worked for me.
posted by Cocodrillo at 2:44 PM on January 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hey sheep! Fuck off! Clover is for closers!
posted by The Whelk at 2:55 PM on January 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was hoping this would be "rabbit plays sheepdog", as in the rabbit punked the dog.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:11 PM on January 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


That rabbit's dynamite.
posted by azpenguin at 4:01 PM on January 29, 2012


That sheepdog on the sidelines must feel kind of useless.
posted by vytae at 5:19 PM on January 29, 2012


I can only imagine the supercanine control the sheepdog is undertaking.
posted by The Whelk at 7:12 PM on January 29, 2012


Personally, I hope the farmer kills and eats the sheepdog. It's the useless one around the farm.
posted by i feel possessed at 7:12 PM on January 29, 2012


Tame rabbits tend to be pretty high on the pecking order.

Our previous one terrified (and chased remorselessly) the cats, they used to have to travel through 'his' room jumping from one peice of furniture to the next. He was also the boss of my mum's collie (to be fair, collies are quite often highly intelligent, neurotic, wusses [which is why they are the best dogs, ever], so it being the boss of them isn't so hard).

We had to get our current rabbit neutered as he kept shagging the smaller cat. He isn't the big boss though, that's the guinea pig that we had to separate off as he kept head-fucking (literally) the rabbit.

Can't help feeling that large parts of my youth were wasted due to the lack of ubiquitous videography... used to have this goose that actually thought it /was/ a sheep. Particularly amusing at clipping and dipping time, when you had a fank pen full of sheep, with this head poking above the middle of them...
posted by titus-g at 8:06 PM on January 29, 2012


For sheer musical pleasure, this works nicely when put through the Benny Hillifier.
posted by bryon at 8:52 PM on January 29, 2012


Well, wow, I loved the tune behind the video and I bet (anyone know?) it's the inspiration (and fits perfectly) for the title of one of my all-time favorite books.
posted by thinkpiece at 4:19 AM on January 30, 2012


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