Buns have powerful hind legs that can propel them as much as 9 to 10 feet forward. The formidable strength of those legs lets them out-jump even the fastest predators, so they’re basically hardwired to jump.
Jumping over each other can mean different things for rabbits, depending on their age, gender, and situation. Let’s look at the common reasons why they indulge in this habit:
Consider it their courtship dance. When a male bun (buck) jumps over a female rabbit (doe), he’s testing the waters to see if she’s interested in mating.
This ritual, known as cavorting, can also occur between two males or two females.
Rabbits jumping over each other isn’t always a sign that they’re in the mood for love. It can also mean they’re on the warpath. Two buns who leap at one another may be trying to establish dominance, with each rabbit wanting to have the last say.
Jumping over each other is one of the ways bunnies play. Rabbits of all ages indulge in this, but it more commonly happens among the young ones.