Rabbits are also popular animals kept as pets. Aside from looking adorable, they are generally clean animals that are easy to train and housebreak. If you decide to own one, stop at this article first and read some more fascinating and interesting facts about rabbits!
The term originated from the Greek words lagos (“hare”) and morphe (“form”). Although rabbits and hares belong to the same order, they have some significant differences.
Hares – they are born with eyes open and fully furred. They can run and fend for themselves immediately, even a few minutes after birth. Their ears tend to be remarkably bigger and longer than rabbit’s ears. So far, no hares have been reported to be domesticated or tamed.
Rabbits – they are born blind and hairless. They have to stay in the nest in the first few days of their lives.
There’s no difference between rabbits and bunnies, it’s just in the names that people prefer to call them.
This eating habit of rabbits (and also of hares) differentiates from the eating habit of rodents, which will eat both meat and plant/vegetable matter.
Much to the surprise of many people, rabbits are clean and can be easily trained and housebroken. This is good news to anyone who wishes to own a pet rabbit. You can toilet-train a rabbit outside or in the litter box; it’s best to do this while the rabbit is still young.
Rabbits form loosely organized groups. They live in a group of underground burrows or tunnels, which are called a “warren.”
The Guinness Book of World Records documented the highest jump by a rabbit, which was achieved by a rabbit named Mimrelunds Tösen, owned by Tine Hygom of Denmark. The rabbit made the world-breaking leap at 39.2 inches (99.5 centimeters) in June 1997. Both the rabbit and its owner were members of a local rabbit club in Horsens, Denmark.
Few rabbits can be as old as 14 to 18 years of age. The oldest-ever rabbit on record was Flopsy, a wild rabbit who was in caught in 1964. He went on to live for 18 years and 10.75 months and died in Tasmania, Australia.
Rabbits are one of the most prolific animals. The average size of a rabbit litter ranges from 4 to 12 baby bunnies — called “kits” — which are born after a 30 to 31-day gestation. A male rabbit (called a “buck”) can become sexually mature as early as 7 months old, and a female rabbit (called a “doe”) as early as 4 months old, and at this point they are ready to reproduce. It means that a single female rabbit can produce as many as 800 rabbits in a year!
Rabbits are gregarious — in the wild they live in herds. That’s why it makes sense that should you own one rabbit, get another bunny for companionship.
A lot of people call a baby rabbit “bunny,” but it’s just a term of endearment for a rabbit of any age — think of Bugs Bunny! A baby rabbit is correctly called a “kit.”
A doe is also called a “dam” when she has had her kits (baby rabbits). An “intermediate doe” refers to a doe who is six to eight months old. This term is used especially at rabbit shows with the purpose of determining classes.
A “herd” is a group of rabbits living and traveling together.
A male rabbit who is six to eight months old is called an “intermediate buck.” This term is used especially at rabbit shows with the purpose of determining classes.
One of the few similarities between rodents and lagomorphs (rabbits and hares) is their teeth — they never stop growing! That’s why rabbits routinely chew, which a lot of people believe is their own way to keep their teeth short.