How far can Scamp Hop?

I’ve been wondering recently about rabbit hops. A lot of welfare information talks about enough room to take three or four or half a dozen hops, but just how far is a rabbit’s hop? The answer, I’m sure, depends on the rabbit in question – particularly how big they are and how long their legs are. Just like humans, not everyone covers exactly the same distance with each step. It made me curious about how far Scamp hopped though, and the best way to answer that is to break out a tape measure and find out!

The yellow and blue ‘markers’ are spaced 30cm (1 foot) apart.

That’s just his normal hopping about the place hop and covers about 18″. I’m sure he travels further when he builds up speed but getting a bunny to hop in a straight line on command is hard work. Just watch these out-takes:

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10 Responses to “How far can Scamp Hop?”

  1. D. Moll says:

    Outakes are priceless!!!

  2. What an wonderfully entertaining video!

  3. Haha, I was cracking up at the outakes, especially the end with Scamp taking apart the whole thing, I think he’ saying no animal testing!

    • Tamsin says:

      “I think he’ saying no animal testing!”

      – Lol, I think that sums up his thoughts on the matter very well!

  4. sas says:

    Absolutely priceless!! That’s one of the funniest videos I’ve seen! Good job!

  5. Melanie says:

    What a gorgeous video! I love it how he just flops at the end! 🙂

    • Tamsin says:

      Thanks 🙂 That’s a fairly standard MO for him. He’ll dash about like crazy, then flop for 5 minutes of fuss and then dash about like crazy again. I think he’s recharging!

  6. Zoe Taylor says:

    I’ve taken a couple of action photos of my bunny, but not like your ones, so i’m guessing these were taken from a video?
    Anyway, Awesome…outtakes were priceless…”haha, catch me!…i’m not gonna sit still for you!!”

  7. nancy henne says:

    thank you very scientific experiment. it will help us in saving out beans from the wild bunnies

  8. Kaz says:

    What a very useful experiment!! I am just writing a little piece on rabbit welfare and box hutches, and I was pondering how far a bunny actually jumps, and found this!!

    Thank you!! 🙂

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