There are 45 recognized rabbit breeds, each of them having unique personalities. A rabbit’s personality is also influenced by its age, instincts, and environment. Before rabbits became pets, they lived as prey targets who tried to elude predators in the wild.
Here are some interesting facts about rabbits to know, If you are planning to own one.
- A rabbit can start breeding as early as three months old. They also multiply in no time so make sure to have them spayed and neutered to avoid unwanted litters.
- A healthy rabbit can reach a lifespan of 10 years.
- Rabbits are born blind, deaf and hairless. They gain these senses at 8 weeks, and they start growing fur at 7 days old.
- Rabbits display happiness by binkying. They jump, flick their head, and twist their bodies during a binky.
- Rabbits only sweat through their paw pad.
- Rabbits cannot vomit. Their esophagus is built only to accept food and not to expel it.
- Rabbits can purr just like cats.
- A male rabbit is called a buck. A female rabbit is a doe. A young rabbit is called a kit, while a group of babies is called a litter.
- Rabbit teeth continually grow throughout their lifetime. They need to chew on toys to wear them down, otherwise, it could cause them inconvenience and oral problems.
- Rabbits have powerful legs that enable them to jump and leap in great lengths. They can jump over 3 feet high and leap as far as 9 feet.
- Rabbits need more than pellets to maintain good health. They need a daily supply of fiber such as grass and hay, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables to promote good digestion.
- Wild rabbits are born as prey in the wild. Domesticated rabbits still carry their survival instincts, making them reserved and suspicious of big animals, including humans.
- Rabbits have an excellent sense of sight, smell, and hearing. They developed these heightened senses by constantly being on the lookout for predators in the wild.
- When they sense a threat, they thump their feet to create vibrations on the ground to warn others of impending danger.
- They can see farther than human eyes can, but they have trouble detecting nearby objects.
- Their sense of smell is so advanced that they can smell predators before they can see them.
- A rabbit’s sense of hearing is almost the same as a human’s, but they can hear sounds with higher frequencies. Their ears can also move in different directions, helping them locate the source of sounds.
- A house rabbit needs mental stimulation or else they could develop behavioral problems. They need an “activity area” which can include tunnels, toys, cardboard boxes, and slides.
Unlike other pets, rabbits are at the lower part of the food chain; and this affects the way they interact with fellow animals and humans. Owners must understand their nature to properly care for them. With the right care and nutrition, rabbits can live beyond their years.
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