Facts About Your Pet Rabbits

09/16/2013

Facts About Your Pet Rabbits

 

If you have a pet bunny, or more than one, you already know that rabbits are cute, soft and love to be petted. You know they are sweet. You know they are great pets for the right family. But there may be a few things you didn’t know about your bunny friends.

They are crepuscular. That means they’re most active at dawn and dusk. Since they are “officially” lagomorphs (lagomorph is the order, and both hares and they belong to the leporidae family), you can have fun with your friends. Instead of saying you have pet bunnies, try saying your pets are crepuscular lagomorphs. That should get some looks!

You may be surprised that they don’t hibernate, but in fact, they do not hibernate at all, either in the wild or when domesticated. So don’t worry that your bunny’s not hibernating; she’s not supposed to. There’s a common belief that they hibernate, so this is an interesting fact not everyone will know.

As you may know, they are great jumpers (hippity hop). Bunnies can hop three feet in the air, and sometimes higher, if they’re really strong in the back legs. So if you don’t want your bunny getting into or out of something, make sure you have sufficient protection against a three-foot jump!

They can do some things humans do. For instance, they snore. Not all, but some do snore, just like people, cats and dogs. But they cannot vomit. They can gag, but can’t regurgitate food, so be careful to make sure your bunny doesn’t eat anything she shouldn’t. If she does, call your vet or the poison control line to find out what to do.

You probably see wild bunnies around your yard or in your neighborhood occasionally. Wherever you live, unless you happen to live in Antarctica, where they aren’t native, you can find them. They’re not native to Australia, either, but a large population of wild bunnies has developed from ancestors brought from other countries. Wild bunnies live in burrows, and a group of them (or domesticated bunnies, for that matter) is called a herd. And yes, wild bunnies do breed… well, like bunnies, but if their babies are abandoned, only about 10% survive, which is why they’ve evolved to have so many offspring.

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