The rabbit is known for many things. They can make great pets, provide good nutrition if you’re a hunter, and they’ve also been used as a powerful symbol in human history, representing a variety of things. Here is part one of our list of interesting facts about them.
Number Fifteen: Darius the Giant Bunny
The largest known rabbit on record’s name is Darius, and he lives in the UK. Darius weighs an astounding 50 pounds and is over 4 feet long. Apparently, he also thinks he is a dog.
Number Fourteen: Hares Have Distinct Differences
Rabbits are born defenseless, without fur, and cannot see in their first days of life. Hares, on the other hand, are born with fur covering their bodies, their eyes open, and can run very shortly after being born (similar to a Guinea pig).
Number Thirteen: The Rabbit Is a Sign of Fertility
We’ve all heard about how fast these animals can reproduce, so perhaps it doesn’t come as a surprise that many cultures have referred to them as a symbol of fertility. As Christianity spread around the world, this symbol became intertwined with Easter.
Number Twelve: They Can Reproduce Very Early in Life
Everyone knows bunnies can have a lot of babies, but I doubt they’re aware of just how many. Their pregnancy only lasts about a month, and yields up to a dozen baby rabbits. Females can reproduce within only 4 months of being alive, which means that within one year, a single rabbit can give birth to a staggering 800 children (including grand and great-grandchildren).
Number Eleven: They Ingest Their Own Feces
It turns out these animals do not get enough nutrition from their plant diet alone. For this reason, they ingest their own feces to get extra nutrients out of their food.
Number Ten: Their Teeth Never Stop Growing
Some people might assume that all of those crunchy vegetables keep the teeth worn down to a manageable level. In fact, it’s mostly the rubbing between the top and bottom row of teeth that wear them down.
Number Nine: They Became Pets in the 5th Century
This happened in France, where rabbits were first domesticated by monks. We hope you enjoyed part one of our article about rabbits. Check back for part two, coming soon!