Rabbits are prey animals and will close their eyes when they feel threatened. This is an instinctual behavior that helps protect them from predators. Rabbits also have a third eyelid that covers the eye for protection, which is why you might not always see their eyes when they’re closed.
Rabbits may also close their eyes to show submission if they’re being picked up or held by another animal, such as a human. When rabbits are held against their will, they tend to close their eyes because it makes them appear less threatening and allows the rabbit to relax more easily in the situation.
Some people believe that rabbits don’t have tear ducts, but this isn’t true. Rabbits do have tear glands but don’t produce tears like humans do when we cry due to sadness or pain.
Last modified: August 2, 2022