Bunny Rabbit

Facts About The Bunny Rabbit

Bunny rabbits are small mammals that are from the Leporidae family. They are found in many parts of the world and there are actually eight genera of rabbits. Many people mistakenly think that they are all the same however, they are incorrect.

Male rabbits are called "bucks" and female rabbits are "does". The young babies are referred to as kits or in some areas as kittens. Another, older term, for the older rabbits is "coney".

When there is a group of rabbits, it's referred to as a rabbit colony or a rabbit nest. Some areas call it a rabbit warren, however, this is more likely a term that is used in reference to where the rabbits are residing as opposed to the number of rabbits.

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Rabbits range in size from very small to very large. Some farmers raise rabbits as food. Others raise rabbits for their fur (which is very soft and prized for such a reason) and for their poop which they use as fertilizer in their garden compost.

Rabbits have many habitats and enjoy meadows as well as the woods, forests, wetlands, grassy areas and deserts. They dine readily on salads and greens.

As herbivores, they will dine on anything such as grass, leafy weeds or greens (they love gardens) and any plant that has a lot of cellulose. Using hindgut fermentation they have two different types of poop. One is distinguished from the other by its hard exterior while the other is a softer black pellet that they eat immediately upon eliminating from their bodies. In this fashion, they extract more nutrients from it.

Rabbits are not rodents although many mistakenly call them such. Because rabbits have two sets of incisor teeth they are not rodents. These incisor teeth are one behind the other. This wasn't however discovered until the year of 1912. Up until that point, rabbits were mistakenly classified as rodents.

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Rabbits have long ears that are often as long as 4 inches in length. Perhaps an adaptation to know when predators are in the area. As a prey animal, it's very important that they be able to hear if a predator is near. Red foxes, badgers, and even lynxes enjoy dining on rabbit so it's vital that they know when to hide.

With powerful and large hind legs, the rabbit can leap great distances if startled. They have five toes on their front paws and 4 toes on their rear paws.

Rabbits prefer to graze during the early morning hours and late evening hours, however, if the rabbits feel safe enough they have been known to enjoy many hours out of doors grazing upon whatever is available in their favorite food groups. Rabbits are very selective as they aren't able to vomit so they must be mindful of eating only foods which they can actually digest.

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Hares are often mistaken for bunny rabbits and while related, they are slightly different. Hares have longer legs and longer ears. Hares will also change colors throughout the year while rabbits will remain the same color during the year. All rabbits are born blind and hairless while hares are born with great eye site and hair.

Rabbits prefer to live underground except for the cottontail which prefers to live in a nest that is above ground. They don't usually live in groups and are often considered loners.

Although rabbits rarely get rabies, they do tend to get tapeworms and parasites including fleas and mites. They may also transmit toxoplasmosis as cats can and should thus be avoided by pregnant women.

When raised as food, it is worthy of note to know that rabbit can turn 20 percent of the protein that they consume into edible meat. This can make it fairly economical to raise rabbits as a food source. Rich in protein and containing specific vitamins and minerals it is low in fat and offers up higher proportions of many of the unsaturated fatty acids.

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Rabbits can also create a lot of havoc in and around agricultural areas. They will rapidly consume large gardens and other areas of vegetation to many a farmers dismay. Often farmers must set traps, barriers, and special fencing to control the rabbit population and to maintain their farms.

Domestic rabbits can quickly overtake a farm or any area and become a nuisance. They are often referred to as a symbol of fertility or rebirth and the term, "multiplying like rabbits" is not uncommon to hear when referring to a nuisance pet or insect.

In folklore, the bunny rabbit is often referred to as a character or trickster. He will lure his enemies out into the open before attacking. This is often how the rabbit is portrayed in cartoons. Consider the story of the tortoise and the hare for a good example. The rabbit tricks everyone by his cunning tricks.

In the Chinese calendar, rabbits are referred to as one of the twelve celestial animals that we see in the Zodiac for their Chinese calendar.

In Jewish folklore, they are considered a cowardly animal and instead of calling someone a chicken they may say that the person is more like a rabbit.

Depending upon the culture, the rabbit may bring good or bad luck to a person. While many people carry a "lucky rabbit's foot" many others wouldn't be caught dead with a rabbit's foot. That would bring bad luck in their book.

Although the old wives tale of injecting a rabbit with a pregnant woman's urine would kill the rabbit, it's actually not true. However, if the woman is indeed pregnant, the hormone, hCG, would show ovarian