Twelve Things You Didn’t Know about Rabbits

 

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1. The rabbit with the longest ears was an English Lop named Nipper’s Geronimo. His ears measured 31 inches long.
2. Males are called bucks, females are called does, and babies are called kits.
3. Pet rabbits can live from seven to ten years or even into their teens.
4. The European rabbit is the most social rabbit, sometimes forming extensive burrow systems of up to 20 individuals.
5. In 1997, a rabbit named Mimrelunds Tosen broke the world record for highest jump by a rabbit. The rabbit jumped 39.2 inches.
6. A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing, but the normal grinding of upper teeth against lower teeth keeps them short.
7. The Pygmy rabbit is the smallest rabbit in North America, measuring only 11 inches in length.
8. With slicker training, you can teach a rabbit to weave through poles and nudge a ball with his nose.
9. A rabbit has three eyelids. The third eyelid, called the nictitating membrane, keeps the eye clean so rabbits are more aware of approaching predators.
10. Despite their name, jackrabbits are not actually rabbits; they are hares.
11. Rabbits are famous for their fertility and can produce litters of 4-8 offspring several times a year.
12. No species of rabbit is known to hibernate. Rabbits are active throughout the year.

Sources:
Encyclopedia Britannica
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Guinness World Records
MSPCA
Animal Planet: Pets 101 Video
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