Belly up to the salad bar, plenty for all and bundry.
Bonding has progressed to the point where I can invite the Spots in for a communal feed. When I first put the salad down they are willing to be very close. As they get satiated emotions arise. Previously, when I would just feed Tyler and Sydney together sometimes Sydney would hop away mid-feed, I would invite her back and she would come or I would give her a separate pile and that would do it too.
So close! Amelia's ears are fairly relaxed, Tyler is looking a teensy bit possessive of his food, Sydney is quite involved with her greens, thank you very much.
With the free form salad bar I can customize for the needs of all buns. The goal is to keep them eating, an eating rabbit is not a fighting rabbit. When most of the salad is consumed Tyler's exploratory streak calls him outside. Amelia observes from under the chair and Sydney retreats to the living room, no doubt thinking of working on her current project of destroying BF's couch.
I'm so happy to get Tyler some outside time, he has been an indoor bun for his whole life. Yes, that is mint growing up between the boards.
Tyler soon returns and he and Amelia touch noses without incident. It is a funny thing with rabbits, the rabbit that is groomed is the dominant rabbit. This requires being lower when presenting to another rabbit. When Tyler and Sydney were bonding they would pressed their heads against each other at the same the level for minutes at a time, you could almost hear them muttering "I'm dominant" "No, I am dominant." "Sorry, but I do believe that I am dominant." etc......
And they touch!
After the nose episode Tyler decided to clean his face while Amelia settled down on "her" side of the fence. Not completely finished with delights of Amelia's room Tyler jumped into her litter box to eat some Alfalfa. "You know she doesn't like that" I warned him, he did jump out but not before she charged him.
Self grooming seems to mean a few different things, depending on the circumstances. At times it appears to be a self comforting activity, at others a demonstration of comfort.
I stopped her, it wasn't a full on charge, and pacified her with pets while Tyler explored the Bunnex, yet again.
The bunneh is pacified when the nose can be beeped, BEEEEPPPP.
Exhausted from it all, both rabbits flopped; Amelia under the chair and Tyler, oddly enough, just outside the gate in the extra large litter box I placed there in an effort to save the floor from extensive marking. He has never flopped there before, not ever.
Here both Tyler and Sydney vie for dominance as Amelia observes.
Lest you think that all is absolutely well I must add that we did this same thing in the evening and although it went well for a while Tyler and Amelia did have a little dust-up or more exactly a fur-up, but only two tufts of fur were lost.