Do you want to know all there is to know about our little bunny friends? Well, you came to the right place! Today, we will be showing you 18 rabbit facts.
You read that right. Not only 1, not even 2, but yes, 18 rabbit facts! If you are ready, let us hop right into it and get to know our furry friends better!
1. Bucks, Does, and Kittens
First, let us differentiate between a buck, a doe, and a kitten.
A buck is a male rabbit. On the flipside, a doe is a female rabbit.
Now, you might be surprised, but a kitten (sometimes shorted to kit) is what you call a baby rabbit!
2. Rabbits, Bunnies, and Hares
Now, let’s talk about how a rabbit, a bunny, and a hare are different.
There is no difference between a rabbit and a bunny. The two pertain to the same animal. They are the same species. However, some specifically use the word bunny to mean a baby or small rabbit.
On the flipside, there is a difference between a rabbit and a hare. The two may have many similarities, but ultimately, they are different species.
3. Rabbits are Social Creatures
One difference between a rabbit and a hare is their behavior. While you can call hares loners, rabbits are social creatures.
If you want to take care of a rabbit, it would be best to get two. Rabbits need companionship. They need lots of love and attention. You can choose to get a single rabbit as long as you can fulfill this need.
However, sooner or later, you might find it easier to get your little one a rabbit friend instead. In that case, you would have to get a new rabbit and bond it with your little furry friend. Let’s talk about that next.
4. Bonding Rabbits
Rabbits are social creatures. However, like many other animals, they will not immediately call another bunny their best friend. You have to bond your rabbits.
This process could be long and tedious. If you want to do away with it, get a bonded pair from the start. Try giving your local shelter a call. The shelter would most likely have dozens and dozens of bonded pairs from which you can take your pick.
5. Rabbits are Crepuscular Creatures
Rabbits are crepuscular creatures, so do not be surprised if they can’t match your energy in the morning. Being crepuscular, it means they are mostly active at dusk and dawn.
With that, they might keep you up when you’re trying to get some shut-eye if they don’t have a companion or you don’t give them enough things to keep them entertained when you are not with them.
6. Colonies and Fluffles
We now know rabbits are social creatures and how essential companionship is in their lives. With that, it would be easy to assume that our wild furry friends live in groups. Now, what do you call a group of rabbits?
A group of rabbits is better known as a colony. However, you can also call them a fluffle!
7. Burrows and Warrens
A rabbit could dig a hole to make a home. That would be called a burrow.
Now, if a rabbit is thriving with other rabbits, this group might make several connected burrows. Now, that would be called a warren.
8. Rabbits Have Good Eyes and Ears
Rabbits have cute eyes and adorable ears. However, that is not all there is to their eyes and ears!
Rabbits can see almost all around without even turning their heads! They only have two blind spots, in front of their nose and under their chin. To add, they can sleep with their eyes open.
They also have good hearing. Rabbits can hear beyond what we humans can. They can even beat dogs in this area! However, that is not all their ears could do. Their ears can also help them cool down.
9. Rabbit Teeth Never Stop Growing
Since we already talked about their eyes and ears, let’s quickly talk about their teeth. Their teeth do not stop growing.
To be a good rabbit mom or dad, you have to make sure you pay attention to their teeth and help them file them by giving them unlimited hay and enough things to chew.
If you don’t, they might chew on anything they could to try and file their teeth! Sometimes, they might even chew their cage. Also, as you can imagine, overgrown teeth could be painful to endure and deal with.
10. Do Rabbits Eat Their Poo?
Rabbits are cute and cuddly little creatures. However, it looks like these furry creatures have a dirty secret up their paw furs.
Rabbits eat their droppings. They don’t do this just because they want to, though! Rabbits eat their cecotropes because these pellets have nutrients that are good for them.
11. Rabbits Can Be Litter Trained
Since we’re already talking about droppings, let’s talk about potty training your rabbits. This fact seems to surprise many, but in a good way!
Well, hurrah for rabbit moms and dads! Yes, you can potty train your rabbits. To add, it’s an easy task that any rabbit parent can do. Do not believe us? Take a look at this tutorial then:
12. Rabbits are Great Garden Helpers
Did you know that our little furry friends could also help you in the garden?
For one, if you make or get them a rabbit tractor or something similar, they could help you mow your lawn. Rabbits have big appetites. You can expect them to clear an area you let them feed on. It’s not the fastest way to do things, but they could help you in this area if you give them some time.
That’s not all, though!
You can also use their poop as fertilizer. So, what are you waiting for? Employ our little furry friends in your garden now!
13. Are Rabbits Rodents or Vermin?
Many wonder if rabbits are rodents or vermin, so let’s talk about that next.
Up until the early 1900s, rabbits were rodents. However, they are no longer rodents today. On the flip side, a rabbit can be a vermin.
14. The Bunny Binky: What Is It?
How can you tell you have a happy rabbit on your hands? Well, if it does a binky! A binky is a special jump a rabbit does when happy or excited. It looks like a big jump with a flick or twist.
So, when you see your rabbit doing this jump, you can be 99% sure you are doing a good job. Pat yourself on the back!
15. Bugs Bunny and Carrots
It is not clear if Bugs Bunny is a rabbit, a hare, or both, but he is one of the most famous rabbits out there.
If you grew up watching him, you might have noticed his love for carrots. Well, Bugs Bunny gave us a wrong impression! Rabbits might love carrots, but they can’t have that many!
16. Ralph the Rabbit
Since we’re already talking about famous rabbits, let’s talk about Ralph the rabbit. If you think all rabbits are cute little beings, well, Ralph might make you do a double-take. Well, he might not exactly fit the small part, but he is still cute!
Ralph the rabbit holds the record for being the heaviest rabbit! This title was snatched from him by Darius the rabbit, though. However, he got it back again!
17. How Many Rabbit Breeds Are There?
It seems there are around 300 rabbits breeds out there, but The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) only recognizes around 50 breeds.
18. Domesticated Rabbits Cannot Live in the Wild
Finally, let’s address a serious matter. A domesticated rabbit cannot live in the wild.
Do ample research before you take a rabbit home. For your part, it’s easy to take a rabbit home, and it’s easy to let them go too. Not for them. Do not give in to the holidays. They’re not supposed to be mascots and things to be thrown away when the holiday is over.
On the flipside, some set a domesticated rabbit free for it to be, well, free. The intention might be good, but it does no good for a domesticated rabbit. They will not thrive or survive.
Before we let you go, allow us to emphasize again that a domesticated rabbit cannot live in the wild. If you suddenly decide the burden of taking care of a rabbit is too much for you, consider taking it to your local shelter.
That is 18 rabbit facts! With your newfound rabbit facts, we hope we got to help you get to know our furry friends better.
Do you want to know more about these cuddly creatures? Well, our discussions are rich with rabbit knowledge! Feel free to visit anytime. We will be happy to have you around! We might just do a binky!