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Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Rabbit Hopping Society

Have you ever tried sketching a bunny jumping competition? Sydney Sketch Club went to a Dodo family show to sketch them! The Rabbit Hopping Society and event staff kindly let me into the official enclosure of the Rabbit Hopping Society with closer access to the bunnies. I fully respected all the staff and bunnies. In the Rabbit Hopping Championships, bunnies and trainers challenge obstacles like horses and jockeys, which judges score.  
Before the championships, we saw some "athletes." When a trainer showed audience a bunny, the bunny got nervous. To calm down the boy rabbit, a trainer or his "mummy" tickled his tummy. I love to see the bunny having its tummy tickled. So adorable. 
The competition set a course that included obstacles and a pond. The staff told me that already some rabbits took years to learn to jump (*Obstacles for "senior athletes" were difficult, high and a long distance). Good on you, bunnies! All of them were brave! It was very interesting to observe how a rabbit jumps. 
One of trainers, a lady's bunny rabbit (*I sketched it named "Go go") has started to learn it for only 8 months (= "Junior athletes" did easy obstacles). The staff try not to give bunnies too much stress etc. This "Gogo" is one of the smallest breeds. Gogo looks like a wild rabbit. Mmm, so chaaarrrming! The lady has a school visit with Gogo. I'm sure students will love it. 
The Rabbit Hopping Society, their welcome of us, their enthusiasm and genuine love for rabbits are touching. I've learned a lot about rabbits and could get anatomical information of bunnies. Thank you very much for the Rabbit Hopping Society! See you next time. 
Now, we're in an Easter Holiday. Have a wonderful and safe long weekend. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 







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10 comments:

  1. Love these bunnies! I think this would be a great thing to see - a competition with hopping bunnies - who couldn't smile at that? Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda! Your cards, too, very lovely. I love your posts and work. Keep up! Best wishes, Sadami

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  2. Cute! :) I love them. My girls had one male and one female rabbit at their dads house a couple of years back. They had a house for them and a fence around. Sometimes they went outside to enjoy themselves for some hours or even a whole day, the grown-ups (they got little ones too you see. A whole bunch of them.) But they allways came back to there home. I gut so nervous about that and thought they were careless about their rabbits. They have all died now because wild animals killed them one by one.And the last one, the grown-up male got sick due to being alone and not cared for as much as he needed. That broke my heart. I am very softhearted when it comes to the wellfare of animals.
    Anyway. I hope that you have a great easter holiday :)

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  3. Oh, Catherina, thank you for sharing your important and precious story! I know you're so caring and sensitive for living creatures, because of your love. Me, too, love any animals and their lives. To keep animals as pets requires responsibilities. Animals are not toys. They have lives as precious as us, human beings. Thank you for your comment. Best wishes, Sadami

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  4. absolutely delightful !did you study bunny anatomy before you visited ? or learn on the day?

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    1. Thank you, kind Alissa. No. I only had basic knowledge of a dog, a horse etc. So, I closely observed a bunny. Kind regards, Sadami

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  5. OK, Sadami, you made me laugh! Your bunny sketches are wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, sweet Blaga! Sketching on spot is the best way to learn what they are in person. Cheers, Sadami

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  6. Magnífico Sadami. Eres genial!

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  7. Oh, thank you, kind Joshemari!

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