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Feb 09, 2007

Danish Bunny Steeplechase

If that title doesn't have you saying "Wha huhh?" then just watch this clip:

Lookit 'em go!

More information (in English!) available at KaninHop.dk.

(Thanks to Theo's Schmoop for the adroit use of the keywords "SHOW BUNNIES JUMPING" on a recent YouTube search.)

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this is pretty impressive - i'm not gonna lie

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:10 AM

Ok- I think my head just exploded. I never thought I'd see bunny show jumping, but...

I don't know what was more odd- the hurdles or the bunnies sitting calmly on leashes.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:13 AM

Next video: "Bunnies Unleashed"
Then: "Bunny Olympics - High Hurdles and Track"
And I only thought that cats could jump like that -- wow!

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:14 AM

Bunny hoppage. Love It.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:14 AM


 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:16 AM

Oh, Theo, thank you bunches!

I'd have never thought you could teach bunnehs tricks. But I just luv the way they stop, stare for a few seconds, then decide "Eh, I guess I'll just jump this one too."

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:17 AM

That is so cute! I've NEVER seen anything like that!! AWESOME!

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:24 AM

One word:


 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:25 AM

What amazes me is if you compare the relative size of bunny vs. jump! To match their leaps, we would have to be able to jump over three- or four-story buildings.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:25 AM

Holy crap that is AMAZING!!!

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:28 AM

Well I never.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:29 AM

Indeed Subhangi, indeed. That there was some of the boi-yoingiest boi-yoinging ever seen by mortals. I wonder if they could go through weave poles.?

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:29 AM

lol... I have one word... *why???*
who would ever think of teaching a bunny tricks???

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:29 AM

How is jaypo ever going to beep their noses?

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:30 AM

That's awesome.

When I first got my fat Daphne she surprised the crap outta me when she jumped on my bed (which I have to do a running jump onto myself).

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:31 AM

ceejoe, why not? if people teach goldfish tricks, why not teach your rabbit?

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:31 AM

FalnFenix -- yeah lemme see a GOLDFISH steeplechase. [snerk]

(Actually, I'd post that in a second, come to think...)

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:34 AM

I disapprove of bunny show jumping.

A Bunny

Karen in Toronto
 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:35 AM

Brillo! I love especially that they seem to be like wind-up toys. As soon as the person sets them on the ground--BOING!

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:37 AM

Bunny Sudoku??


I can't even do number Sudoku (I get confused by sixes and nines).

Karen in Toronto
 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:37 AM

That is phenominal. The best is the guy who yells out "YES" and pumps his fists when the bunny scales a particularly difficult wall o' doom.

And Brinann you are so right. The best is the "bunny paws" I mean "Pause" while they determine whether the next one is boing-able.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:39 AM

Holy Man!!!!! I LOVE it!! And I thought the Hamster House was one of the coolest things I've learned about on CO . . .and then THIS comes along!!!!!! I CAN"T STAND IT!!!!!!!!

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:41 AM

OMG! It's too cute. It's just like a miniature horse jump thingy for bunnies!!!!! I want a bunny.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:43 AM

And you should read the how to train your bunny page! It is funny! The good one is the Is It better to hop a male of female bit.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:46 AM

Awww, this makes me miss my bunny!

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:47 AM

I love how, when the first bunny is all done, he stands up a little so his human can pick him up.

sweet jane
 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:49 AM

I like the bunny at the end of the first run. He gets up on his hinds legs and seems to go:"Did I do good, did I win, did I win!"

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:50 AM

Those buns are dynamite!
The Charlie Brown Christmas tree at the end is a little weird though.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:52 AM

I didn't even know there was such a thing!

Bunnies! Jumping! On leashes!


 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:53 AM

LOL! That is tewtally hysterical. Good searching, Jaye!

I find it highly amusing that grown people would put this much work into training their bunnies to jump a course. And that the bunnies would do it. Do they lead them on with carrots at first? How does this happen?

A thinker
 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:54 AM

Me: Wow, in Denmark they have show bunnies that go around on leashes and jump over obstacles!

Husband: And accomplish what?

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:54 AM

wow. that is all.
(back to work)
(and yes, the guy pumping his fists - all Rockied out - was hilarious. ;>)

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 09:59 AM

Very funny. My bunnies are all like "Don't even think it, Mom". I only have one super bouncy and he is very busy defeating his nemesis, Blue Crushed Velvet Purse, and therefore has no time to train.

I also love the bunny pep talks.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:00 AM

Boingy bunnies!
Boingy bunnies!

I saw three bunnies at the pet store this week and I came dangerously close to taking one home.
But between bunny disapproval, cat disapproval (3 times), and husband disapproval--it might make the house asplode...

I still want one though...

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:00 AM

IAMS Superdogs, eat your hearts out!!


crazy sheep
 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:03 AM

i'm on ur leash, hoppin a hurdle!!

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:05 AM

i cant believe how effortless these high jumps are for such little critters. i am impressed! we humans are not worthy!!! lol- too funny.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:06 AM

Friends: So,where ya been, what's been going on in your life?

Me: Oh, nothin' much. Been training my rabbit for a steeplechase. You?

Friends: ...

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:11 AM

(and is the fact that I can type certain letters and numbers in sequence - to get on this thread - REALLY proof that I'm a human - really? Hmmmm?)
Me thinks bunnies are being taught to do the same at this very moment....
You think you've heard from nuffs, BEFORE? We should all be quivering in terror of the onslaught of dissapproving bunny comments that are brewing in a storm while we wait.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:11 AM

About halfway through, one of them has amazing tock action while he or she jumps! Amazing, I tell you!

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:13 AM

I say the guy in the blue shirt with the really-high-jumping black bunny looks like he's bowling.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:16 AM


 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:19 AM

Anyone else notice that most of them were dutch rabbits? Is this coincidence?

The Guy Over There
 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:32 AM

I'd be impressed when show horses can jump that high (at scale).

Or they breed a bunny big enough to ride. (Wouldn't be popular in Australia, though.)

Jack Ruttan
 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:33 AM

TGOT -- wouldn't they be Dutch hutch rabbits?

Let's just hope nobody misses one of those jumps and breaks a leg...

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:37 AM

How is this not a two-hour special on Animal Planet? I smell a ratings bonanza, people.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:39 AM

Danish Bunnies sing this song,
Doo Da, Doo Da.
Danish racetrack's eight yard's long.
Oh Doo Da Day.

Goin' to bink all night,
Goin' to leap all day.

But I bet my money on a lop-eared Dutch,
So I'm goin' to win today.

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:41 AM

(got yer back, Lauo)

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:43 AM

I think this is great! I bet those rabbitsies are very happy and healthy, getting a lot of excercise and attention. Hop, bunny, hop!

 |  Feb 09, 2007 at 10:44 AM

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