Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wild Things: Rabbit

Rabbits can adapt to many environments and are known to inhabit open meadows, dense woods, forest, grasslands, desert and wetlands.  Long ears help the rabbit detect predators, and powerful hind legs help them evade capture.   Wild rabbits can have fur with mixed colors such as brown, gray and buff.  Their puffy tail might also fool a predator because the rear has so much movement.

As any rabbit can tell you, they are prey animals and constantly on alert!  Sometimes a rabbit might thump their hind feet on the ground when they perceive a threat.  Rabbits have a remarkable wide field of vision, making it very hard to sneak up on.

Did you know? that in one season a female rabbit can produce 800 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   Because the mother rabbits milk is so nutritious, they only have to nurse their young for a few minutes once or twice a day.  Rabbits usually live about 10 years but the oldest recorded rabbit lived for 18 years.

 Difference between rabbits and hares:  rabbits have young that are born blind and hairless, whereas hares are born with hair and sight.

Rabbits have worked their way into many folklore and tales, and they're a favorite subject of my woodburning.

woodburned gourd

painted rock

woodburned plaque

WILD THINGS is a series of articles from Edge of the Wildwood about small furry animals of the forest.  Next up is:  skunk!

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