This rabbit looks as though he is enjoying preening
himself in the summer sunshine.The animal paid particular attention to his distinctive
long ears as he gave his fur a spring clean.
Clearly determined to look his best, the well turned-out mammal
spent a long time carefully checking the rest of his fur for any dirt.
Rabbits keep themselves clean by washing regularly and grooming
, using their teeth, tongue and claws.They often groom each other as a social activity, but it looks as though this one had to do it on his own.
As well as a way of looking smart, careful cleaning is a very important part of a rabbit's health.
In the warmer months they are at risk from attack by maggots
, which can eat into their flesh in a condition called fly strike.The risk is increased by dirty fur which attracts flies, so the rabbits have to take their grooming seriously.
Rabbits in Britain mainly live in meadows
and farmland but also occasionally in urban areas.