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« on: 11/05/2007 00:10:03 »
Why do rabbits stop dead in cars headlights and torchlight?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 11/05/2007 00:26:42 »
I wonder if it is because they are blinded by the lights.  LOL
 

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« Reply #2 on: 11/05/2007 00:44:13 »
Manfred Mans version of Bruce Springsteens  "Blinded By The Light " is an awesome track which I luff


I unfortunately ran over two bunnies once as they stopped and stared and wondered in awe at the bright lights that were  heading their way.....unfortunately it was the last bright light they ever saw !!.....

It clearly mystifies/hypnotises/trances them out some how !!
 

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« Reply #3 on: 11/05/2007 00:49:59 »

It clearly mystifies/hypnotises/trances them out some how !!

i wonder if it affect the back of their eyes and temorary blinds them?


Manfred Mans version of Bruce Springsteens  "Blinded By The Light " is an awesome track which I luff


i was just singing that song!
 

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« Reply #4 on: 11/05/2007 00:53:35 »

It clearly mystifies/hypnotises/trances them out some how !!

i wonder if it affect the back of their eyes and temorary blinds them?


Manfred Mans version of Bruce Springsteens  "Blinded By The Light " is an awesome track which I luff


i was just singing that song!


Me too !!




I have to say...I don't know if it would blind them but then...............from a rabbits perspective at about what ?..six inches off the ground ?...it might do !!........either that or it's the preferred method of Bunnycide  (Rabbit Suicide)
 

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« Reply #5 on: 11/05/2007 04:27:36 »
Cats do that to..We have cats and rabbits here like crazy tons of ferrel cats. I think they get scared too!
 

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« Reply #6 on: 11/05/2007 04:34:15 »
Manfred Mans version of Bruce Springsteens  "Blinded By The Light " is an awesome track which I luff


I unfortunately ran over two bunnies once as they stopped and stared and wondered in awe at the bright lights that were  heading their way.....unfortunately it was the last bright light they ever saw !!.....

It clearly mystifies/hypnotises/trances them out some how !!

That is a good old song!  Thanks.. Poor little rabbits!
 

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« Reply #7 on: 11/05/2007 05:14:29 »
I wonder if that is where the phrase "Go towards the light" comes from. You dont go to the light, it comes at you
 

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« Reply #8 on: 11/05/2007 12:22:06 »

It clearly mystifies/hypnotises/trances them out some how !!

i wonder if it affect the back of their eyes and temorary blinds them?

Doubt it, but there is an easy way to test.

When one suffers temporary blindness through over exposure to light (e.g. snow blindness), there is a recovery time - how long does it take for the animal to recover when the light is switched off.

I think it is simply they are frozen with fear and confusion - they don't understand what it is, so are not sure whether they should run away, take evasive action, challenge whatever it is.

If an animal is not looking for food, but can pose a potential threat, then sometimes the worst thing you can do is run from it (especially if it can run faster) - so you don't turn your back and run from a dangerous dog, since that is exactly what might initiate an attack.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 11/05/2007 17:43:18 »
I ran over a cat too, except in this case it actually ran into my oncoming car !!.........I really hate running things over !!

I agree with the confusion......not too sure about the fear but I would expect there to be a basic trepidation as it tries to figure what it is.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 11/05/2007 17:46:33 »
Yep Hitting animals is horrible.. makes me feel sick and sad. I have hit a cat rabbit red fox, and ran over me daughters doggie.. Oh it was awful..
 

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« Reply #11 on: 11/05/2007 18:40:26 »
I wonder if that is where the phrase "Go towards the light" comes from. You dont go to the light, it comes at you

This sounds to me like something miners or cavers might do.
 

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« Reply #12 on: 29/05/2008 08:54:56 »
it might do !!........either that or it's the preferred method of Bunnycide  (Rabbit Suicide)

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