Handling Tip

by Debbie Vigue

DO NOT…

pick up a rabbit by the scruff of the neck without supporting its' hindquarters.

This causes discomfort and stress to the animal. Whenever possible place a hand under and behind the front legs and scoop up the hindquarters with the other hand. When returning an animal to its cage, put it in hindquarters first. That way it won't leap forward out of your arms and either miss the cage doorway or catch a leg on it. If an animal acts panicked when held, tuck it's head between your body and the inside of your arm. It will calm down once it's head is covered and its sides are securely held.


HLRSC Official Guidebook - 5th Edition 2002