This is Sabine.

Like most rabbits, she likes to relax during the day, and is most active at dawn and at dusk. (Rabbits are crepuscular, if you want the proper term.)

When she’s not busy resting mid-day, she likes to munch on hay. We’ve had a habit of bringing new hay to her in the cardboard box in which you see her sitting in the photo above.

The box moves around a lot. Sometimes it sits on the floor, and she drapes herself over it as she eagerly munches. Other times, we take the hay out of the box and put handfuls of it in front of her litterbox, which is in her house (you can see it in the foreground of the photo above). Although she’s a house rabbit, and has free rein, she does have a house she can retreat to when she wants.

That box holds a lot of hay. Sabine likes hay best when it’s fresh out of the big box downstairs, where we keep it. (It smells more strongly of hay, which we suspect may be why — but one never knows, with bunnies.) So we usually give her big handfuls at a time, then frequently top up her hay supply whenever she’s eaten her way to the bottom. That way, she always has as much hay as she wants, and it’s always fresh and tasty.

This also means we leave the hay-transport box sitting on top of the plastic boxes where we keep her litter. Sabine likes to climb up on our bed — especially at night, where we often have epic bunny snuggles.

Sabine discovered a new trick last week: she now climbs on top of the boxes to get to the hay-transport box. And will sit in it, calmly eating. Sometimes she’ll simply sit up there, in mid-day egg posture, enjoying her new spot. Either way, she always looks so pleased with herself.

It’s not very high off the ground, so we’re not worried about her hurting herself. When she jumps up and down off the bed, we’ve got a couple of carpeted cat pedestals that she uses to get up and down. These help protect her short little legs; although rabbits can (and do) jump very high, she’s a minirex, and has tinier feet and legs than most rabbits.

What a smart little hay-monkey. :)