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Methods of Pairing and Pair Maintenance of New Zealand White Rabbits (Oryctolagus Cuniculus) Via Behavioral Ethogram, Monitoring, and Interventions
 

Methods of Pairing and Pair Maintenance of New Zealand White Rabbits (Oryctolagus Cuniculus) Via Behavioral Ethogram, Monitoring, and Interventions

Article DOI: 10.3791/57267-v 10:00 min March 16th, 2018
March 16th, 2018

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Summary

Though European rabbits are a social species, socially housing them can be challenging. Therefore, there must be a thorough understanding of behaviors and social structures of pair-housed laboratory rabbits. Here we present a protocol to identify pairing methods, species-typical hierarchy establishment behaviors and behaviors that warrant appropriate intervention.

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Keywords: New Zealand White Rabbits Pairing Pair Maintenance Behavioral Ethogram Social Housing Dominance Hierarchy Female Rabbits Male Urine Neutral Cage Enrichment Food And Water Access Ear Marking
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