This is a recent picture from Canadian BIB VRT, Marina Hebert. (The facilities do NOT allow picture reprints or posting on social media.) I notice first how relaxed and happy the rabbit appears-- "loafing" and very content with her friend at a children's hospital in Vancouver, BC. I love the ample blanket, and the gentle handling. The little girl's smile melts my heart.....truly.....and I can only imagine how much happiness this visit is providing. BIG TAKEAWAYS: The "lap visit" is working beautifully here. The blanket is very appropriate. The petting is soothing and respectful. The rabbit and participant seem very happy. I need a kleenex!
My first thought---what a GREAT carrier! I love that it's open for petting, has handles, and provides space, security and several inches of comfy lining. The rabbit is facing the participant (in an adult facility for developmental challenges). The participant's hand is safely (and affectionately) petting the rabbit's back. The potential for eye contact in this encounter cannot be minimized---it's a powerful way to connect. The participant is comfortable, the rabbit seems very happy and the "box" is a wonderful idea!
This group setting seems to be working well for Marina's rabbit and the participants. Not all rabbits enjoy the freedom to engage this way, but if yours does, it's a great way for several people to have an experience with one rabbit in one visit. The rabbit appears to be seeking attention, but I'm not concerned that the participants are focused elsewhere. It's a nice distraction to have "rabbit energy" included during a difficult (or even ordinary) meeting, or discussion. I don't know what the topic is, but I do know that teens are more likely to engage when an interested animal is present.