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Post by gentl on Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:47 am

I'm having some concerns about Rory's eyesight.  I can be holding a treat and he doesn't seem to see it unless I'm vigorously
moving my arm, calling him and making that kissing sound to call him.  Once he catches the scent he is there in a flash. Or if 
he hears the treat container, fortune cookie wrapper and etc not that I feed him fortune cookies.  He found a wrapped one once 
and took about 30 min trying to get into it.  Even though he got only a crumb or two he tries to get them now if he hears the 
crackle of the wrapper!

Is there a good way to test?  He gets startled easily too.  Like he doesn't see someone approaching and then all of a sudden he 
does.  He didn't startle this much even when we got him.  I thought it might have been his mane because it had grown to a
mighty 4.5 in.  He's molted almost all of it off now though and it is still happening.

Ant advice Hoppers?  I remember Sparky:love:  maybe having the same problem.
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Post by Ruffin on Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:15 am

Ruffin can be a bit like that often wounded if eyesight wasent very good but trying to get her to wear glasses would be a knightmare she is so vain
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Post by cheryl'n'bruce'flo on Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:26 am

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/vision.html


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Post by gentl on Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:31 pm

cheryl'n'bruce'flo wrote:http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/vision.html

 Thank you Cheryl.  That is an excellent article.  I've just been so concerned about him.  Our 2nd rabbit Lady went blind and we didn't know it for awhile.
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Post by Sparky on Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:44 pm

Another snippet of info from Anne McBride that isn't mentioned in that article:

Humans are hunter-gatherers and have vision predominantly programmed to spot items which are stationary - nuts, berries, animals which may be a target for an arrow. Things that move don't dominate a human's vision so much, the brain notes them but doesn't necessarily focus on them.

Rabbits are prey animals and are much better at spotting items which are moving and may be a predator*, a skill crucial to their survival. That's why rabbits startle so easily if they have not seen you coming and you suddenly move in their field of view, even if you have been talking to them as you approach.








*or a Human going to the fridge... Laughing
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