Rabbits are indigenous or over time have been introduced to most regions of the world. Rabbits are not rodents; they are small mammals. There are seven genera of rabbits which include numerous species. Here are some interesting facts about rabbits:
1. The male rabbit is called a buck and the female is called a doe.
2. Baby rabbits are called kittens.
3. Wild rabbits generally weigh between 2-3 pounds and are approximately 16 inches long.
4. Rabbits raised for meat can weigh between 8-12 pounds.
5. Rabbits inhabit every continent with the exception of Antarctica.
6. In the United States there are 12 species of rabbits and the eastern cottontail is the most common.
7. Wild rabbits are usually found in brushy regions on the edges of woods. Rabbits also live in marshes, grasslands, swamps and deserts.
8. Rabbits have exceptional senses.
9. Rabbits are herbivores and eat leafy plants in the spring and summer months and wood bark in the winter.
10. Rabbits live in areas below 2000 feet of sea level.
11. A wild rabbit has a lifespan of about a year while house rabbits can live between 8-12 years.
12. A wild doe starts to mate at 6 months, the gestation period is 30 days and each litter has 4-12 kittens.
13. The mating season for wild rabbits lasts 9 months and in that period a doe can have hundreds children and grandchildren.
14. Wild does burrow shallow nests and return at dusk and dawn. Although the mothers are not present the babies are probably not abandoned.
15. Baby rabbits are fed by their mothers twice a day at dusk and dawn.
16. Bunnies explore outside their nests as early as 10 days old.
17. Bunnies that have their ears up and eyes open do not need help.
18. Wild rabbits have a number of natural predators including dogs, raccoons, foxes, hawks and eagles.
19. Wild rabbits have powerful hind legs which helps them burrowing. A rabbit can run up to 35 miles per hour.
20. China raises more rabbits for food than any other country.
21. The United States primarily raises rabbits for pets and medical research.
22. Rabbits can pass tularemia or “rabbits fever” on to humans. Use caution and wear gloves when handling sick or dead wild rabbits.
23. Rabbits live in groups and when they are eating one stands guard; if danger is sensed the guard will stamp his feet and the rabbits will hide in their burrows.
24. Rabbits can wreak havoc on plants and farms; if a rabbit population is present near your garden you need to install a chicken wire fence for protection.
25. The next “Year of the Rabbit” in the Chinese calendar will commence on February 3, 2011 and end on January 22, 2012.
Although rabbits at times can be pests and cause damage to plants and farms they are still a great natural gift. Hope you enjoyed the fun facts.
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