Cats : This is most often the first to arrive…
In normal times, the rabbit ears straight, turned on each side of the head. They can also be turned both to the object of his attention, it faces.nHowever, the rabbit having the ability to direct its ears in two different directions, it can track two sounds at once. It is amusing to note that, when they express nothing but the perception of noise, different rabbits ears are moving in the same direction.
When they sleep deeply and feel safe, some rabbits tend to sleep ears, as if all the hatches closed. Similarly, rabbits often have the habit of sleeping their ears when they bend the head to clean the eyes of another rabbit. Finally, rabbits often sleep their ears when they eat their cecotropes or groom themselves. Except in the cases listed above, the rabbit ears are flattened signal discontent of agressivté or fear. Everything really depends on other signals sent by the rabbit by its position.
Ears laid back, hindquarters and tail raised, muzzle pointing forward: classical position of aggression, whether an act of intimidation or attack early.
Ears laid back, belly to the ground, tail down: the rabbit seems to blend with the ground and is an act of submission or fear expressed (in the latter case it also has eyes open or bulging).
Lying ears, nose resting on the ground in front, tail normal position calls for a rabbit to another rabbit grooming or a hug to its owner. The rabbit care elsewhere, much less frequently, erect ears in this case: it depends on the rank of the rabbit which he claims grooming. I noticed that when the rabbit is not safe to receive the grooming he claims, it tends to keep the ears straight.
Ear lying, the other straight: expression of irritation. The right ear is usually turned to the subject of the irritation of the rabbit.
Ears laid back, but the rest of the posture of the rabbit is « normal »: expression of discontent … More dissatisfaction, the greater the ears are folded.
As for straight ears, when facing forward and slowly approach the rabbit, the whole body stretched forward nose and body to the ground, they express a cautious curiosity. For the rabbit ram is the same except that its drooping ears are facing forward.
When the ears are upright and facing you while you interact with it, it shows that your rabbit will listen carefully (while looking elsewhere if you faced … Conclusion: the rabbit can listen with one ear looking at you, or you listen carefully looking elsewhere!)
Finally, when the rabbit shakes his head vigorously or ears (this is very visible in rabbits rams), he expresses his annoyance or displeasure. It is often gesture to show that he has had enough, for example, be petted, or to be brushed. It also shows this behavior when he wants to spend his owner and the passage mouth (although it will probably end up pinching the owner with the teeth to express his wish if he turns his back).
It should be noted that the movement of the ears sometimes expressed excitement (in the middle of a wild ride) or simply the fact that the rabbit urge to scratch ears itch for something, or he is on to begin to make his toilet.
If your rabbit starts to put his ears as unusual angles, shaking his head and ears so unusual and frequently scratching his ears, he may be the victim of an ear infection, infestation by parasites or another disease, so we must quickly consult your vet (see the behavior of sick rabbit).