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By Ronald Mathias Lockley | Comments: ( 153 ) | Date: ( Dec 09, 2019 )

Written with an evident love of animals and nature, The Private Life of the Rabbit presents a completely new picture of the wild rabbit and its way of life Mt Lockley, who observed rabbits in Wales over a 5 year period, shows that they have a complex community life little understood by the world in general These vegetarian creatures posses both dignity and animality Written with an evident love of animals and nature, The Private Life of the Rabbit presents a completely new picture of the wild rabbit and its way of life Mt Lockley, who observed rabbits in Wales over a 5 year period, shows that they have a complex community life little understood by the world in general These vegetarian creatures posses both dignity and animality psychological factors play as large a part in shaping their lives as they do in ours One finds, too, that their reputation for promiscuity and wanton reproduction is really undeserved Lockley built an artificial warren with glass sides and several tracts of natural habitat an open plain, a woodlot, a lushly vegetated savannah were enclosed and arranged for maximum ease of observation with minimum interference This controlled rabbit colony was observed every day and night in every season and in all kinds of weather In Lockley s account, rabbits emerge with characteristics and personalities of their own The nicknames he gives them Weary Willie, Timid Timothy, Bold Benjamin, for example in no way lessen the objective and scientific accuracy of his findings In fact, this touch of individuality reinforces the observation that rabbits are creatures with interests, wills, and preferences of their own Female conservatism, scent setting or chinning by dominant males, the ability of the female to absorb her fertilized embryo, the stress of subordinate statusd , are revealed here.


  • Title: The Private Life Of The Rabbit; An Account Of The Life History And Social Behavior Of The Wild Rabbit
  • Author: Ronald Mathias Lockley
  • ISBN: 9780025739000
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover

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Comments The Private Life Of The Rabbit; An Account Of The Life History And Social Behavior Of The Wild Rabbit

  • James

    I struggled to finish this book, despite it's short length of 144 pages. After having read "Watership Down," I wanted to learn more about the European Rabbit, particularly since Richard Adams based much of what he wrote of their behavior in "Watership Down," on what he learned from this book. I know animal research is not always a humane business, but I was very put off by the matter-of-fact way that Mr. Lockley spoke of introducing deadly diseases to his rabbit colonies. It was a rather dry sci [...]


  • Billy

    Given this book's prominent mention in Watership Down, perhaps I was expecting too much. I came away feeling I hadn't really learned all that much about the European rabbit, but I had learned a great deal about how one goes about setting up an experiment to study rabbits.I was also admittedly put off by the author's willing assistance in spreading the virus myxomatosis, which is virulently lethal to rabbits.


  • Jennifer Heise

    I believe I read this many years ago as a teenage rabbit enthusiast. Learned a great deal. Re-read it and wondered if it was the same book. For instance, I seem to remember that the edition I read had more about the underground warren behavior. The author and some assistants observed enclosed study groups of wild European rabbits in different terrains, including one where the observers could examine rabbit life in an artificial warren. The rabbits paired up, with male rabbits protecting their te [...]


  • Mary Dayhoff

    Enjoyed, not tedious to me. I now have a better understanding of the wild rabbits on and around our property.


  • Melinda

    At first I wondered why after many years of being a "rabbit person", doing a good deal of reading on the topic, I had never run across this book or anyone who mentioned reading it. After having read it, I now know why that is.If you are someone who will be upset by reading about rabbits being intentionally killed, or being allowed to suffer, you will not enjoy reading this book. I found it really difficult at times but slogged through it anyway for the knowledge value it might contain.Which was [...]


  • Jes

    I finally got around to finishing this book (mostly because the library wanted their book back) and found this to be a little hard to read, but a delightful resource on rabbits. It's not necessarily unbiased as I would expect most rabbit studies to be, but I can see the heavy, heavy influence on Watership Down. Lockley portrays the life of rabbits so well and in such a human way. As he says at the end, "Rabbits are so human. Or is that that humans are so rabbit?" Also, I found my namesake rabbit [...]


  • Aldean

    The book that Richard Adams studied to write Watership Down, this is a fascinating account of a large-scale study of the everyday habits of the rabbit in England. Very readable, and even to a reader who does not find rabbits intrinsically interesting, this was a engaging read.


  • Cynthia

    It's hard to find rabbit raising material that is scientific, and not based on folk wisdom. This is a must-read for any rabbit raiser. Recommended to me by Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak at Devil's Gulch, it was essential to my understanding of rabbit's mating and territorial instincts.


  • Marieka

    The only book of its kind.


  • Carmen

    The author researched the behavior of wild rabbits. Very informative and fun to read.


  • Ted Laderas

    Wonderful natural history book - a monograph on how rabbits live, reproduce, and diespiration for "Watership Down".


  • Eszter

    written with incredible investment and care.


  • Katharine

    I came to this book after reading that it had inspired Richard Adams in the writing of Watership Down. It's in my favorites of natural history list now: oddly engrossing about the European rabbit.


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