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I was taught that building a relationship with and animal requires consistency, patience and logic. Working with foster rabbits teaches what I forget to expect: the possibility of a breakthrough; that moment of a behavior change that has been worked towards but seems to occur spontaneously. I pick up the trembling rabbit each day pet her, set her down in her run. Nothing changes - that's how she is. Or is she?
One day I lie down in her run and fall asleep. When I wake up, she's lying beside me. She doesn't tremble again. I can't always be consistent in the way I treat my rabbits. I have palience, but not a lot of time. But it's wrong to assume that the rabbits won't improve. Teaching follows its own logic. All it takes is a breakthrough to turn a setback around.
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