The Language of Lagomorphs
Shiver Me Timbers!
A simple rabbit expression of happiness is the "shudder." The rabbit will lift its front legs up a bit, and shiver the skin of its chest and back by twisting rapidly. Sometimes its head and ears will twist a little too. A rabbit shudders to tell you that it is happy, hopefully with you and in general. You can think of it as a glad pat on the back for a job well done.
There does seem to be one common exception to the shudder as an endorsement of your charms. Rabbits that don't
like being held or confined may give a shudder when released, presumably because they're relieved to be free of
their confinement. An easy way to recognize this version is that it's often accompanied by parting foot-flicks
as the rabbit hops off.
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