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Rabbits in the Classroom
Are you a teacher who’s thinking about keeping a rab-
bit in your classroom? If so, here are some things to
consider. First, ask yourself what you want your stu-
dents to learn from the experience. If you want them to
learn to treat all creatures responsibly, with respect and
care, you’ll want to ensure that you provide an appro-
priate example for the students. The experience should
be positive not only for the students, but for the bunny
So, before you get a rabbit, learn as much as you can
about rabbits and their care. The House Rabbit Society
website (www.rabbit.org) is a good source of informa-
tion. Find out exactly what’s involved in daily care of
the bunny – not just what his basic needs are, but what
will keep him happy. Think about the cost of keeping a
rabbit; besides food and housing, you’ll need to provide
an annual checkup with a veterinarian, and there may
be other veterinary costs if the rabbit gets sick.
The best situation for rabbits in the classroom is when they belong to a teacher or other
adult who takes full responsibility for them for life – someone who takes them home ev-
ery day or brings them to school only on occasion.
Here’s some more basic information about the care and characteristics of rabbits:
● In order for them to obtain essential nutrients, rabbits need a varied diet – that
means lots of different vegetables (not just carrots). Hay and water should always
● In nature, rabbits bond for life. They are lonely without a mate, so you should con-
sider getting a pair of rabbits.
● Rabbits must be spayed or neutered to prevent serious illness, unpleasant behavior
and, of course, baby rabbits.
● As prey animals, rabbits instinctively hide symptoms of illness, which, if missed, can
result in rapid death. You’ll need to understand and be able to recognize signs of ill
● Because rabbits are easily stressed by loud, chaotic environments, they don’t do
well in classrooms with yo