Rabbits, also known as Bunnies, are much more than the adorable, fluffy, carrot-munching creatures that cartoons or a storybook makes them out to be. They themselves dig the warrens- where they live and even eat their own droppings. We are presenting below 14 cool and interesting rabbit facts to help you learn more about the furry pet.
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1. Baby Rabbits Are Called “Kits”
Baby rabbits are called “kittens” which are often referred to as “kits”. A female bunny is called a “doe”, while its male counterpart is called a “buck”.
2. Bunnies Live in the Complex Tunnel Systems, Called Warrens
They live in warrens- a series of elaborate tunnels and rooms reserved for nesting and sleeping. They themselves dig the warrens, which have multiple escape points that allow the animal to escape quickly.
3. Bunnies Need a Company
Rabbits are incredibly active social creatures. They naturally live in groups. If you have a pet rabbit, so keeping it in a pair will greatly improve its quality of life. They will give each other the much-needed companionship, and warmth during winters. If kept alone, they can become sad and depressed.
4. Just Like Humans, Rabbits Get Easily Bored
Let’s suppose that you’re trapped in a small cage with no toys or friends to play with, it’s quite obvious that you’ll get bored and depressed. The same goes with bunnies. In the wild, they run along with the fields and socialize with their other bunny friends. Just like that, playtime is equally important in captivity. This can be done by keeping enough toys such as paper balls, paper towel rolls, cardboard canisters, etc. to keep them entertained.
5. Rabbits “Binky” When They’re Super-happy
You’ll know a bunny is binkying because it will jump and do a twist in mid-air. This adorable behavior is known by an adorable name- “binky” within the rabbit community and it symbolizes pure joy.
6. Bunnies “purr” When They’re Happy
Like cats, bunnies create a purr-like sound when they’re content (but not at binky-joy level) by rubbing their teeth together.
7. Bunnies Eat Their Own Droppings
Yes, you heard that right! After digesting a meal, rabbits will re-ingest their feces and process it a second time. These special droppings are called “cecotropes” that are meant to be eaten. It may seem gross, but these poops contain special nutrients for a rabbit’s diet. By redigesting their feces, the rabbits are able to absorb nutrients their bodies missed in the first go.
8. Life Span
The wild rabbits have a life span of around two years. The reason behind this can be attributed to predators, harsh climatic conditions, and some sort of prolonged illness. Otherwise, the average life span of a rabbit is about 8 years, though those who are sterilized (spayed/neutered) may live up to 10-12 years.
9.Bunnies Are Crepuscular
Lot many of you would be thinking of a rabbit as a nocturnal animal (who sleeps during the day and stays awake at night), but this is not true. Neither do they stay up during the day and sleep at night, like humans. Rather they’re crepuscular, which means they’re most active at dusk and dawn.
10. Bunnies Are Very Effective Baby-Makers!
A rabbit is ready to start breeding when it’s just around 3 to 8 months old. Mother rabbits have a gestation period of around 30 days, after which she gives birth to about 4-12 kits, in a single litter.
11. A Rabbit’s Nails and Teeth Never Stop Growing!
Like human fingernails, a rabbit’s nails are always growing and need to be trimmed at least once every six weeks.
Speaking of their teeth, rabbit teeth continue to grow throughout their lives. In the wild, rabbits keep their teeth short by chewing on grass and hay, which helps wear down the teeth. This wearing down of teeth is very important to protect rabbits from problems of tooth decay. For the domesticated rabbits, you’ll need to provide them with wooden toys and timothy hay to chew on so that their teeth don’t get too long.
However, if the problem of overgrown teeth still persists, then a trip to the veterinarian becomes necessary for teeth trimming.
12. Bunnies Have Almost 360 Degrees of Vision
Rabbits are born with their eyes shut. But, once their eyes open, their vision covers nearly 360 degrees. Because their eyes are positioned on the sides of their heads, it’s quite difficult to sneak up on a rabbit. However, they do have a small blind spot directly in front of their faces.
13. Rabbit’s Ears Serve Multiple Purposes
Rabbits have long ears which they can rotate by 180 degrees to pinpoint the exact location from which a sound is coming. This allows them to detect any threats that might be approaching them.
These oversized ears, in addition to enabling them to perceive potential danger, help them to regulate their body temperature. On a hot day, the blood vessels in the year expand to release heat and help cool the bun down.
14. Bunnies Can’t Vomit
Rabbits are remarkably hygienic and self-groom in much the same way as a cat does. However, a cat can cough up a hairball, a rabbit cannot. This is because the rabbit’s digestive system can’t move in reverse. They deal with the swallowed fur by eating plenty of roughage, which enables them to push it through their digestive tract.
As rabbits cannot vomit, so it becomes very important to feed them only healthy and appropriate food.
The cuteness, high energy, and delightfulness of rabbits make them great pets for children and adults alike. But pet rabbits must have adequate space to exercise like running and hopping. If they don’t get enough exercise when they’re young, they become more susceptible to broken bones as they age.
So, if you/ your family is planning to adopt a bun, make sure that you’re ready for some serious responsibility.