We all know that rabbits love to hop, but what about playing games? Check out this bunny named Mordecai (Morty for short), who shows off his Jenga skills:
Morty wasn’t always a Jenga champion—he used to be stuck inside a tiny backyard hutch and exposed to the freezing winter cold and the scorching summer heat. He couldn’t engage in any types of behavior natural to a bunny—even running or hopping—and he developed a nasty botfly infestation in his skin.
Fortunately, after multiple stints at animal shelters, Morty was transferred to PETA, where heart-of-24-karat-gold staffer Kendall Bryant hopped at the chance to give him a loving home. Morty immediately made himself comfortable among his new family members and started playing and doing “binkies” right away.
Now, Morty loves to run, get his nose petted, and perch on top of the dining room table to “supervise” his guardian as she prepares meals—and, of course, play Jenga! With all the energy that this little guy has, his life stuck in that tiny hutch day in and day out must have been agonizing.
Just like humans, rabbits are social animals and get bored easily.
They have individual personalities, form special bonds with their partners, love companionship, and need just as much attention as a dog or cat.
Have you ever seen a rabbit "binky"? ❤️ pic.twitter.com/I30R1fvnmV
— PETA (@peta) September 26, 2016
These complex animals are often purchased on a whim, especially in the spring, and potential caretakers rarely understand the specific needs of their new companions. Once the novelty has worn off, many bunnies are neglected, relegated to outdoor cages, left at animal shelters, or simply turned loose in the wild, where they have little chance of surviving.
Rabbits are the third most abandoned animals in shelters.
If—after careful consideration—you have decided to welcome a rabbit into your home, please adopt from your local humane society or rabbit rescue group.