Meet one of the cottontail rabbits that call our property Home. For years there were just two but this year a pair of babies stuck around so now there are four.
Melissa was as chunky as this Chinchilla rabbit. Hefty doe, yes she was!
One of our wild bunnies did a variation on Melissa's behavior. I don't know which one did it, but I'll pick Didge as the main character. He jumped off the ground a good eight inches, landed, then flattened all the way to his belly. Made the same series of maneuvers several times and suddenly another rabbit appeared. (Probably Ana - she saunters more than the other three:) The two face off low to the ground for a few seconds, then Didge leaps straight up like he'd been doing but before he landed, Ana darted beneath him and turned to face him, just as he came back to earth. Another face off. Another leap-dart-land-face off. They did this many times and had me laughing before they raced off together.
(A) rabbits playing
(B) rabbits working toward
making more rabbits.
So I did a little research and found explanations for what I'd seen.
(A) Playfulness for the
for the wild bunnies.
Also known as binkying, the verb, doing a binkie/binky, the noun.
I am not making this up.
See for yourself.