Knowing how to properly handle a rabbit is very important for rabbit owners. If done incorrectly, the handler, the rabbit, or both could be injured. A rabbit’s powerful hind legs and flighty nature (being a prey species) are a dangerous combination. Even though rabbits may not do so intentionally, the nails on their hind feet can inflict serious scratches (rivaling those of any cat or dog) if they are trying to get away. Rabbits can break their backs simply by struggling against improper restraint because of the amount of force they can generate with their hind legs.
Knowing the basics about how to handle rabbits safely and correctly can greatly reduce risks to both the handler and the animal. Click on the image below to see a video by Dr. Erin Harrison of the Ontario Veterinary College Avian & Exotics Service about some tips on approaching and handling rabbits safely.