facts about rabbits

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  1. Happy rabbits practice a cute behavior known as a “binky:” they jump up in the air and twist and spin around!
  2. Rabbits and bunnies are the same animal – there’s no difference in breed or species, just the word we prefer
  3. Rabbits and hares are “lagomorphs”, an order that also includes the pika, a small burrowing mammal that looks like a large mouse and lives in colder climates
  4. Lagomorphs were originally classified as rodents, but in 1912 the distinction was made between them and rodents
  5. Hares are born with their eyes open, hair covering their bodies, and they can run within a few minutes of birth (much like a Guinea pig!).  Rabbits, on the other hand, are born blind, naked, and remain in a fur-lined nest for the first days of their lives
  6. Jackrabbits, which belong to the genus “Lepus,” have been clocked at speeds of 45 miles per hour.
  7. Stories abound about the prolific reproductive nature of rabbits and so it is not surprising that the rabbit should have become a symbol of fertility in many cultures and religions.  As the Christian influence spread, this symbol became associated with Easter
  8. Rabbits are meticulously clean animals and are easy to house break and train.  Much like a dog, a pet rabbit can be taught to come to his/her name, sit in your lap, and do simple tricks
  9. Rabbits are herbivores, eating a diet entirely of grasses and other plants.  Because their diet contains so much cellulose, they pass two different kinds of feces to completely break down their food.  While other grazers will chew and swallow their feed, then “burp” it back up (as cows chew cud), rabbits will re-ingest their feces on the first pass to get all of the nutrients they need.
  10. A baby rabbit is called a kit, a female is called a doe, and a male is a buck.  A group of rabbits is called a herd.
  11. The average size of a rabbit litter is usually between 4 and 12 babies, which results after a short 30-day gestation.  Male rabbits can reproduce as early as 7 months of age, and females as early as 4 months.  This means in one year a single female rabbit can produce as many as 800 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren!
  12. A rabbit’s life span is about 8 years, though sterilized rabbits (those who are spayed/neutered) can live as long as 10-12 years
  13. A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing!  Many people believe they need to chew to keep their teeth short.  While they do enjoy chewing, it’s the normal wear from where their top and bottom teeth meet that keeps a rabbit’s teeth short
  14. Can you guess what other domestic animal is similar to rabbits?  A horse!  They have similar eyes, teeth, and ears (those belonging to many prey animals), as well as a similar diet and behavior.  Clearly, their size is much different…
  15. A rabbit symbol is often used to show that a product was not tested on animals.  This is because rabbits have traditionally been used in product safety testing.
  16. Bunnies cannot vomit, so it is super important to feed them only healthy, fresh, appropriate food.
  17. Rabbits can have multiple litters each year, giving birth to up to nine babies, known as “kittens,” each time. In the wild, they’re born helpless in a shallow hole lined with grass and their mamma’s fur. Mother rabbits in the wild spend only a few moments each day with their babies in order to avoid drawing attention to them from predators. The babies grow quickly and continue to live together as a family.
  18. When they’re used for clothing and other items,bunnies endure terrible abuse. On angora fur farms, they usually live alone in small cages, and workers on some farms rip the fur out of their sensitive skin as often as every three months so that it can be used to make sweaters, scarves, and other items. These rabbits scream in pain as their fur is torn out. Bunnies need their fur—we don’t!
  19. when you think of animals in shelters the first ones that come to mind are dogs and cats.However there are tons of homeless bunnies and they need love too! Every Easter Moms and Dads give in to “Easter bunny temptation” and buy a rabbit for their kids.  . Once the “bunny fever” goes away, though, many people leave their new purchases alone in small outdoor cages called hutches, give them to animal shelters, or release them outdoors, where they often starve or are killed by predators. Most bunnies end up dead or abandoned by their first birthday.
  20. when you adopt a rabbit you will quickly learn that their very particular about their territory. They need lots of space to have specific where they eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom (like humans!). Sometimes if you invade a bunnies space they will grunt and thats your sign to back off
  21. You’re probably wondering   what that funky word means, huh? Well, we’re about to explain. Lots of people think that rabbits are nocturnal animals (meaning that they sleep during the day and stay awake at night), but they’re not. But bunnies don’t sleep at night and stay up during the day like humans do, either. They are crepuscular. Yup, there’s that word again! It means they’re the most active at dusk and dawn
  22. You’re probably herd the term ‘vet’ before? Vets are the kind of docters we take our animals to when there sick or injured. However bunnies need to visit a vet who  speializesin caring for rabbits. These vets can be more expensive and harder to find than vets who care for cats and dogs, but it’s important to take bunnies to vets who know a lot about them.The symptoms that follow are not necessarily signs of neglect, but they are signs that a bunny needs to see a vet: A runny nose, sneezing, a head-tilt, listlessness, and diarrhea. When you see a bunny, keep an eye out for these symptoms, and bring them to the attention of his or her guardian immediately! Be sure to spay or neuter your bunny. Like dogs and cats, bunnies live longer and happier lives when they’re spayed or neutered. In female rabbits, the risk of reproductive cancer (which is deadly) is a whopping 80 percent before they’re spayed!
  23. Bunnies shed like crazy and can get hairballs from grooming themselves, but they can’t cough them up likecats do. If they get a hairball, they may need to be taken to the vet to be treated (and possibly even operated on!), or they’ll die. So it’s very important to brush them regularly to remove the loose fur from their coats and prevent hairballs from forming in the first place
  24. If you were trapped in a little cage with no friends or toys to play with, you might get lonely and bored, right? Well, rabbits are the same way. They need opportunities to socialize, lots of space to run around, and plenty of toys to keep them entertained. If left alone, they can become withdrawn or depressed.Some common household items can make for fun bunny games, like paper towel rolls and cardboard oatmeal canisters. Just fill them with timothy hay and watch as your bunny rolls, chews, and plays joyfully. ♥
  25. They’re different from kitty purrs, but bunny purrs will melt your heart just the same. A bunny purr sounds almost like teeth chattering quietly or light chomping. Talk about cute, huh?
  26. Like humans and other animal companions, a rabbit’s nails are always growing and need to be trimmed regularly—about once every six weeks. Unlike humans, dogs, and cats, their teeth continue to grow, too! It’s really important that bunnies always have lots of timothy hay and wooden toys to chew on in order to make sure their teeth don’t get too long! If your rabbit’s teeth stop grinding normally, he or she may find it too painful to eat and could even starve. Be sure to watch his or her eating habits closely because even 12 hours without food can be deadly
  27. Companion rabbits who are forced to live outside are at risk of being hurt or killed by predators, even if they’re kept in a hutch. (By the way, they should never be kept outdoors in the first place!) Other animals who might want to hurt them aren’t the only danger for rabbits when they’re outdoors. Some lawns are sprayed with pesticides (poisons meant to kill bugs and other “pests”) that can make bunnies sick or even kill themBe sure to keep your bunny safe indoors at all times. To let your bunny satisfy his or her desire to dig indoors, make a “digging box” by filling a large plastic bin with organic peat moss.

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