Rabbits are social animals and thrive with the right companion. If rabbits are left on their own without a bonded partner they can become depressed and have a very lonely existence. In the wild rabbits live in large hierarchical social groups, so its only natural that they have a bonded companion in a domestic set up.
As well as providing the stimulation of being in a bonded pair they are also able to exhibit their natural behaviours such as grooming and companionship. In the colder months another rabbit can provide essential warmth by being able to cuddle up for extra body heat.
Some indoor rabbits that spend time with the family can also suffer with loneliness, if you consider the times when you are at work or sleeping; the single rabbit will be on their own and can suffer from being kept on their own.
If you have witnessed a bonded pair or group of rabbits you will be able to appreciate just how special it is to see rabbits with their own kind. Exhibiting their natural behaviours and showing just how loving and special their relationships with each other are.
A great option for finding your rabbit a friend is at rescue centres. Many rescue centres around the UK are full to bursting with rabbits needing to find their forever homes. The most recent figures estimate that a staggering 67,000 (RWAF 2012 survey) rabbits end up in rescue centres every year! Rescue rabbits have the added bonus of coming to your neutered, health checked and vaccinated. Some rescue centres also take on the bonding process for you, this will help minimise your stress and anxiety during the bonding process.