Would you guess that there's more to a rabbit than meets the eye? Here are a few facts about the common cottontail that might surprise you.
1. Rabbits Aren't Rodents
Contrary to popular belief, rabbits aren’t related to mice, rats or any other members of the rodent family - they belong to a group of animals called lagomorphs. (And everything you’ve ever known is a lie.)
2. A Female Rabbit is Called a Doe and a Male Rabbit is Called a Buck.
Therefore, a baby rabbit would be called a fawn, right? WRONG. An infant bunny is called a kitten or kit. Because rabbits don’t adhere to your logic. They do what they want.
3. What Does the Rabbit Say? A Lot.
Rabbits aren't nearly as silent as they seem. They have a varied vocabulary of purrs, growls, honks and clicks that they use to express
themselves. Additionally, when scared or injured, rabbits emit their most infamous noise: a bone-chilling scream.
4. Rabbits Aren’t Pushovers.
They may look easy going, but rabbits are very territorial and will defend their homes against usurping neighbors using their feet, teeth, and claws. In rare cases, rabbits have been known to attack predators.
5. Rabbits Aren't Nocturnal.
Popularly thought to be nocturnal, rabbits are actually crepuscular - meaning they are most active in the twilight hours of sunrise and sunset. They find that's the best time to nibble, dash and stare intensely into the distance.
Bonus Fact: Rabbits Enjoy the Occasional Motorcycle Ride.
If you've gained a new appreciation for rabbits, consider giving a trio to a small-scale farmer! In addition to their other fascinating qualities, rabbits provide farmers with excellent fertilizer for their crops. They also breed quickly and can provide a steady stream of income to farmers who sell them at local markets. Donate rabbits today!