The first time anyone sees rabbits mate, they are initially shocked and then usually they start laughing hysterically as the buck (male rabbit) falls over after successfully mating. If you haven’t seen it, I’ll include a few videos below.
A male rabbit (Buck) falls off of the female rabbit (Doe) after successfully mating. The fall is often dramatic, either straight backward or off to the side. Sometimes the buck even faints for a few moments.
This action of falling over after breeding is referred to as a “fall off”.
A male rabbit falls off after mating because of a systematic tensing and relaxing of his muscles. During mating, the bucks muscles get progressively tenser, and upon successfully mating all of those muscles clench up completely and then relax completely causing the rabbit to fall off.
The buck falling off after breeding happens nearly 100% of the time following successful breeding and is totally natural.
It’s also nothing to worry about, even if the fall is dramatic and even if it’s followed by a short fainting spell.
But it is really funny.
Here are some videos of rabbits breeding complete with dramatic fall offs. Enjoy!
P.S. Here is a link to information about breeding rabbits from Michigan State University which I used as research for this article.