“They are very overprotective with her. Alfie nudges her if he sees her cry. When she sleeps, they both sniff her to make sure she is breathing, “Said her human mother.
The arrival of a baby to a family is never easy. The routine changes completely for both the parents and the pets that live next to them. They do not always want to accept that now they must share their space and time with another brother, who probably requires more attention than they do.
When Jenn Eckert had her daughter Bailey last June, she never thought that her rabbits, Alfie and Amelia, would fall in love completely with the girl. As soon as they met, they became friends, so much so that they stayed with her all the time, even in the hospital.
“Alfie tried to jump on his seat in the car, and Amelia sniffed it. They were very gentle, so I realized they would be good friends, “Eckert told The Dodo. And he was right although rabbits are not known as sociable animals as, for example, a dog, they can get along very well with people. That was demonstrated with this family from Wisconsin, United States.
And is that when Bailey is awake is “the center of attention. They stay with her even while she sleeps. It’s as if they see it as their responsibility. “
Since the little one is from her first day of life surrounded by rabbits, of course she loves them as much as they love her. He turns on the floor when he hears them arrive and feeds them when they approach. The race of Flemish rabbits can weigh up to 9 kilos, almost like a baby, so they are the perfect size to play between the three.
“They are very overprotective with her. Alfie nudges her if he sees her cry. When he sleeps, they both sniff it to make sure he’s breathing. “
Many people believe that rabbits do not get along with babies or children, but the reality is different. As with any animal, you must monitor the behavior of both parties.
In the case of Alfie and Amelie, Eckert saw that they were so good with their daughter that he decided to officially train them as therapy rabbits in the Pet Partners organization. Once they are certified, they can visit hospitals and nursing homes to accompany patients.
Although they do not love to be held in arms because their instinct is to be aware of their future fighters, they are very “gentle by nature and are not as intimidating as a dog,” Eckert said.