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June 21, 2012 6:44 PM   Subscribe

For those of you having a crummy day, a kitten and a bunny rabbit sparring. (SLYT)
posted by joannemerriam (67 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
The rabbit is pretty smart. The owner has another video of its escape.
posted by joannemerriam at 6:47 PM on June 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


but I'm having a crummy day because my bunny rabbit accidentally killed my kitten in a sparring match! tiggered oh noes
posted by nathancaswell at 6:49 PM on June 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


I just pictured Tigger pouncing on you and knocking you and all your stuff ass over appetite while you were trying to watch the video.

I didn't know rabbits played like this, much less gently enough to play with a kitten.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 6:51 PM on June 21, 2012


When that kitten is a teenager, he is going to be SOOO embarassed by this video.
posted by DU at 6:52 PM on June 21, 2012 [12 favorites]


He's got huge, sharp... He can leap about.... LOOK AT THE BONES!
posted by drlith at 6:52 PM on June 21, 2012 [5 favorites]


thank you. it _has_ been a crummy day.
(best part : Bunny, "Jump on top of me? I will Wear You like a HAT!")
posted by djrock3k at 6:54 PM on June 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


From those of us having crummy days...thanks!
posted by malocchio at 6:55 PM on June 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


Every Russian kitten video I've seen in the last two years was perfectly framed and shot and beautifully synced the soundtrack to the action. It's nice to see one that gets by on raw cuteness.
posted by Blue Meanie at 6:56 PM on June 21, 2012


Needs to have the Star Trek "Amok Time" battle music added. ;D
posted by Celsius1414 at 6:57 PM on June 21, 2012 [12 favorites]


I was having a crummy day until I saw this picture.
posted by desjardins at 7:02 PM on June 21, 2012 [19 favorites]


Every Russian kitten video I've seen in the last two years

Is this a thing?
posted by pickinganameismuchharderthanihadanticipated at 7:02 PM on June 21, 2012


Needs to have the Star Trek "Amok Time" battle music yt added. ;D

Happy to oblige
posted by junco at 7:03 PM on June 21, 2012 [36 favorites]


Watership Awww.
posted by sourwookie at 7:03 PM on June 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is like an older sister (the bunny) beating up her younger brother (kitten). One day, that cat is going to whoop that rabbit's ass!
posted by XhaustedProphet at 7:08 PM on June 21, 2012


Bunbun v kitteh. Dawwwwwws all around!
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 7:11 PM on June 21, 2012


No love between cat and rabbit!
posted by ceribus peribus at 7:17 PM on June 21, 2012


We must close the cute gap. Our American kitten videos are being left in the dust by these Russians!
posted by TwelveTwo at 7:17 PM on June 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Baby rabbit
baby rabbit
sparring with a kitten
baby rabbit.
posted by empath at 7:17 PM on June 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Is this a thing?

Yes indeed.
posted by Blue Meanie at 7:17 PM on June 21, 2012 [7 favorites]


Thanks. So I guess I'm not the only one who was having a crummy day, huh?
posted by caryatid at 7:21 PM on June 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


0:40 answers the question of how cats got wedged under sofas, and why.
posted by CancerMan at 7:21 PM on June 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


desjardins: "I was having a crummy day until I saw this picture."

Oddly enough, I happen to have a picture to offer as rebuttal.
posted by radwolf76 at 7:31 PM on June 21, 2012 [5 favorites]


Fair enough, I learned something new today.
posted by pickinganameismuchharderthanihadanticipated at 7:38 PM on June 21, 2012


Mrs A has long wanted a rabbit for Arcticcat to play with. This has done nothing to dissuade her.
posted by arcticseal at 7:39 PM on June 21, 2012


Two may enter.
Only one may leave.
posted by Mezentian at 7:54 PM on June 21, 2012


Private Woundwart.
posted by Bookhouse at 8:08 PM on June 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


My friend has a monitor in her car that records her driving and reports back to the insurance company. Depending on the data they get, they might lower her rates.

I want to get a box for my computer that monitors how many cute kitten videos I watch online, and if I reach a certain threshold, it lowers my internet bill. I figure the amount I consume means I'm doing the internet right
posted by Kiablokirk at 8:14 PM on June 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Put them in the yard so they can have adventures together and return with a newfound mutal respect.
posted by middleclasstool at 8:14 PM on June 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


oh blue meanie, that yoga cat in your second link was amazing!
posted by Tarumba at 8:14 PM on June 21, 2012


One day, that cat is going to whoop that rabbit's ass!

Yeah, all I could picture watching that is what my sweet, little kitty did to a bunny rabbit one time. You know how there is that saying that you can use everything on a pig but the oink? Cats (apparently) have a similar one about rabbits...
posted by gjc at 8:22 PM on June 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'll put five bucks on the kitteh!!!






SHIT!!!!
posted by not_on_display at 8:23 PM on June 21, 2012


Wow, Nike shoes, $35.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 8:23 PM on June 21, 2012


SEE THEM DO BATTLE IN ONE AWESOME BLOOD FILLED FEUD NO HOLDS BARRED FIGHT TO THE DEATH- KILLER KITTEN VS BRUTAL BUNNY ALL THE WAY FROM RUSSIA LIVE LIVE LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE ONLY OF FOX SPORT
posted by mattoxic at 8:25 PM on June 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Bunny at the end: "Oh, I'll take you, now, too!"
posted by dirigibleman at 8:25 PM on June 21, 2012


That kitten clearly needs to work on its judo skills.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 8:34 PM on June 21, 2012


Ok, there were some classic reversals and grapples in that match. I like how the kitten, having realized he's in trouble, uses the last ditch move of hiding under the couch looking angry.
posted by cacofonie at 8:41 PM on June 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


does what it says on the tin
posted by RolandOfEld at 8:45 PM on June 21, 2012


I have no idea how to pronounce Котик vs Кролика , but I am saying it like "Kittink vs Kaponka" and have decided that whatever their real names are, it doesn't matter because I am calling them that.
posted by peagood at 9:00 PM on June 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


RING OUT!

FLAWLESS VICTORY!
posted by Drexen at 9:02 PM on June 21, 2012


Rabbits are social animals and love to play - this one is especially good at knowing the limits, which is handy. Or, it could be in training to become one of the Death Rabbits of Chinatown (go to 1:30 to see the nefarious death rabbits).
posted by Salmonberry at 9:02 PM on June 21, 2012


Oh, and it's something like: Kotik vs Krolika. :)
posted by Drexen at 9:03 PM on June 21, 2012


I was having a crummy day, and this just made it crummier. Why can't bunnies and kittens learn to live together in peace? Why must they fight? I imagine a world where bunnies and kittens can live together in harmony, along with unicorns and rainbows.

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
posted by twoleftfeet at 9:09 PM on June 21, 2012


Caterday and Bunday - two great tastes that work well together.

This is why the Internet was invented.

As long as its just play fighting. I was worried going in but I have watched it several times and ... they're just having fun.
posted by Mezentian at 9:21 PM on June 21, 2012


As long as its just play fighting. I was worried going in but I have watched it several times and ... they're just having fun.
Are they really able to comprehend the difference, I wonder? Obviously juvenile animals will play with each-other, but hyena cubs will "play fight" with their siblings, but eventually, they'll kill eachother.
posted by delmoi at 9:35 PM on June 21, 2012


Kind of an interesting philosophical question.
posted by delmoi at 9:36 PM on June 21, 2012


Definitely the best of the web.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 10:01 PM on June 21, 2012


Okay, this I need to know, for those of you who have bunnies (it is illegal where I live) do they, are they as smart, as adorable, as cunning as cats? Or are they just big fluffy things that accidentally do stuff that looks smart. Please please let it be the second.
posted by b33j at 10:10 PM on June 21, 2012


Depends on the bunny. I had one who would provoke the cats into chasing her around the apartment by jumping up into their faces when they least expected it. She also managed to knock my purse off the bed and go inside to find an apple I had in there. It was half gone by the time I can back in my room. The bunny I have now is fluffy and sweet, but not super smart.

Also, search for "bunny binky" on youtube. This will not help your bunny envy in the least, sorry.
posted by book 'em dano at 10:28 PM on June 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well, they're smart, but in a different way than cats. Our rabbit Bean used to sleep under our bed and get up just before we did to do his rabbit exercises. This involved slowly circling the living room checking out every nook and cranny, and then doing it again at mach speed. The kind of thing a prey animal would need to do so that every escape route was planned, essentially. He did this with regularity twice a day, morning and evening. One evening I had made a giant pile of dirty sheets and blankets to be washed, so he checked that out on his slow motion lap by jumping on top of it and then down. When he raced around at top speed, he jumped clean over the whole thing. He also learned to come into the kitchen to beg for a treat when the dog got hers, and was extraordinarily well housebroken. He liked to harass the dog by hopping back and forth in front of her nose, and then when she didn't pay attention, run around her in a little circle until she jumped up to chase him away. He wasn't a cuddly or even friendly rabbit, but he was lots of fun to have living in our house.
posted by oneirodynia at 10:30 PM on June 21, 2012 [4 favorites]


b33j, I foster rabbits and they have really different personalities. Some of them are little houdinis and will come running to the kitchen when they hear you open the crisper drawer in the fridge. Others can't hop and chew lettuce at the same time.

The ones I have are all litter trained so there's a box with hay and wood pellets in it (which can be dumped directly into your compost if you have it) though some people take it much farther.
posted by Salmonberry at 10:53 PM on June 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


b33j I had four rabbits in all growing up, and a neighbor raised them (for, um, food... sorry). First was a big grey rabbit named Thumper, who belonged to my 5-year-old sweetheart, the one I had decided to marry. So naturally, when his family moved to Idaho when we were 7, I agreed to take care of his rabbit until my beloved fiancé returned. Thumper was very calm, liked head scritches, didn't like much else. He had a "crotchety old rabbit" personality. He passed away two or three years later. I never did see my fiancé again (in any case I had a new beloved who would become my husband [spoiler: he didn't either], as tends to happen when you're still in single digits).

When I was sixteen, I'd set aside change from gas money my parents gave me (didn't have an allowance, wasn't allowed to work, parents did their best to calculate gas money to where it would only get me to school and back, so I drove reeeeaally carefully in my gas-guzzling V8 350), and at the County Fair, I snuck into the rabbit area and bought a cute little female. I named her Cleo, short for Cleopatra, the one Astérix and Obélix met. She was black and white and cute and snuggly and hoppy and wire-nibbly. Wasn't afraid of my fluffy cat Morris at all.

My mother, who generally hated animals, liked Cleo because she was quiet, clean, and splayed out her hind legs with a contented sigh when you pet her. So, a couple years later, she and my father got a black female and a brown male, who they kept in a pen outside. I've forgotten their names, but not their personalities: the female was calm and liked doing twirly-hops. The male, on the other hand, did his damned best to dig, dig, and dig, prompting my father to bury wire ever deeper. The rabbit still managed to escape, but the female didn't follow him.

Our neighbor's rabbits all had their own personalities. Some were pains in the butt – rabbits can be aggressive. Others were sweet, many were playful, and many loved ear scritches.

So, a lot like cats, yes. Definitely not like dogs. Cleo let me "teach" her a few tricks, much the way cats will let you "train" them if you're gentle and positive and they're in the mood for placating the hairless ape. I'd love to have another rabbit, but only if I could keep it separate from my cats long enough to suss out its personality. Rabbits are prey animals, and so they have deeply-ingrained fear responses. A startled rabbit can even die of a fear-induced heart attack. Some, like the rabbit in this link and my Cleo, are less fearful than others, or they feel safe enough that the fear response isn't triggered so readily. Not all do that, however.
posted by fraula at 11:46 PM on June 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


Just clarification because I realize it can be understood differently without: I snuck into the rabbit area when my parents weren't looking. Naturally the rabbit owners were aware of my presence :)
posted by fraula at 11:51 PM on June 21, 2012


Oh god, the cute, it burns.

There where a few moments there when I thought the kitten was going to ride the rabbit like a mighty steed and charge headfirst into the sunset, fighting crimes and righting wrongs.
posted by The Whelk at 1:47 AM on June 22, 2012


nature truly is a horrible monster
posted by robocop is bleeding at 2:38 AM on June 22, 2012


My cat used to
posted by villanelles at dawn at 2:42 AM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Stupid iPad and drunk fingers.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 2:43 AM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Stop letting your cat type on the iPad get him a decent keyboard.
posted by The Whelk at 2:47 AM on June 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


The rabbit my family had used to beat up our Labrador. He also got jealous if she got too much attention from us. He once escaped from a cardboard box by perforating, then ripping open, increasingly larger concentric circles from the lid.

He was perfectly housetrained, came when called and would remember which family members had upset him earlier in the day and bite them when their guard was down. He loved sunbathing with his legs splayed out behind him.

Sometimes we couldn't find him in the garden and at first we just assumed he was good at hiding, since he always turned up for meal times. Then one afternoon we spotted him in the field ajoining our house with a group of wild rabbits. We called him, they ran off, he ran back to us.
posted by Busy Old Fool at 4:59 AM on June 22, 2012 [6 favorites]


When I was small one of our neighbors had a big fenced yard in two sections. One for their Doberman and their German Shepherd mix, and one for their huge lop-eared rabbit (the first lop I'd ever seen, and I was fascinated). Familiar with our own dog's unsightly plan for any small mammal that crossed her yard, I asked my neighbor, "Isn't the rabbit afraid of the dogs?"

Her answer: "No, the dogs are afraid of the rabbit."

I've had great respect for rabbits ever since.
posted by dlugoczaj at 5:27 AM on June 22, 2012


Stop letting your cat type on the iPad get him a decent keyboard.

I wonder what will happen when cat-loving Apple fans find out that their kittehs are secretly promoting Microsoft Surface.
posted by zombieflanders at 5:30 AM on June 22, 2012


Belly rubs, knowing me.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 5:51 AM on June 22, 2012


This video's cuteness ratio is inversely proportional to its aspect ratio.
posted by obscurator at 7:21 AM on June 22, 2012


Metafilter: My cat used to
posted by LordSludge at 8:40 AM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Since this seems to be the thread for it, here's another video with a bunny and a feline (and a dog, for good measure).
posted by radwolf76 at 8:41 AM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


You just know that one day the lion cub is going to be grooming the bunny and is going to be all, wow, there's just this -- delicious --- taste when I lick you and that will be that.
posted by angrycat at 10:48 AM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


The old MGM Tom & Jerry theme playing in the background put a really odd spin on this for me.
posted by darksasami at 9:27 PM on June 22, 2012


Попугай и котята
posted by homunculus at 3:50 PM on July 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


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