Interesting Facts about Rabbits – Discover some of the most interesting facts about the rabbit species in this article.
Article by Gabriel Billones
Rabbits are some of the most lovable animals in the plane and we just love to cuddle with them. Their fur, smile and gentle moves make us all swoon to their cuteness.
Let’s go through some of the unique characteristics that this highly favored animal have.
Rabbits have very long ears that can be as tall as 10 cm or 4 inches. These plant-eating animals can live as long as 10 year. But their average life span is 5-8 years. T
And the largest litter of bunnies ever reported consisted of 24 kits. In the wild, some female rabbits can produce about eight litters of bunnies per year.
Rabbits are born with closed eyes and without fur. In their development stage, they slowly grow fur. This development sometimes get overboard in a good way as rabbit’s teeth continue to grow throughout its life. They have 28 teeth in general.
Rabbits have an excellent sense of smell, hearing and vision. They have nearly 360° panoramic vision, allowing them to detect predators from all directions. They can see everything behind them and only have a small blind spot in front of their nose. The average heart rate of a rabbit ranges between 130-325 beats per minute.
Just like any other animals, rabbits have gender specifications. A male rabbit is called a buck while its female counterpart is called a doe. When they breed and make a baby, the young rabbit will be called a kit or kitten.
Rabbits have stringent needs when it comes to their diet. For them, the most important is fiber because they need this for their digestive health. This fiber is in the form of grass and wheat. They cannot thrive with a diet that is only filled with vegetables. It often leads them malnourished. But it will still be good to give them some greens for consumption.
Rabbits have special qualities and abilities too. Their extremely strong hind limbs allow them to leap great distances. They can jump up to one meter high and three meters long. But majority of rabbits can jump as high as 36 inches.
When a rabbit is happy, he will run, jump into the air, twist his body and flick his feet. This is what rabbit breeders call ‘binky’.
Although typically very quiet, rabbits do communicate vocally, with varying types of vocalizations in communicating different messages. An example of which is low humming when running around an individual that signifies their signal of affection.
To give better vantage point to look for predators, rabbits stand upright on their hid legs. They thumb these legs whenever they feel or see that there is a perceived threat coming.
When rabbits are in distress and they’re feeling emotionally depressed, they often show aggressiveness towards people and other pets.
Rabbits are natural runners and can reach speeds of up to 30 to 40 mph, which is their advantage when they feel the need to scape from predators that are slower than them.