Rabbits come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the small cottontails to giant rabbits like the British Giant.
Most people think that rabbits are just pets, but did you know they’re also used for food? Did you know that they can produce different types of milk, depending on their diet?
Rabbits have a unique life cycle – one that is so interesting! These facts about rabbits are so unique that you couldn’t know them without reading this article!
From their high intelligence to the amazing way they clean themselves, there are many things about rabbits that make them stand out from other pets.
We’ve provided these 9 interesting facts for your enjoyment and if you love rabbits.
1. Rabbits are all about survival
Bunnies of all breeds and colors exist, but their perspective is quite similar to those of their wild ancestors.
These animals are all about survival and they are in a constant state of alert.
Many rabbits dislike being picked up and may bite if you try picking them up as hands are perceived to be similar to those of a bird of prey swooping down to capture them.
It is also essential to know the basic information and guide on caring for rabbits before you put your hands on these fluffy animals.
2. They can turn their ears 180 degrees
Rabbits can rotate their ears 180 degrees to locate the source of a sound.
This skill is incredibly useful as rabbits are prey animals and need to be aware of any dangers that may be lurking around them.
3. Bunnies have feelings too
A single bunny is a lonely bunny.
Rabbits are protective of their surroundings, and it’s best to keep them in pairs or more at all times.
The best combination is a neutered male and neutered female.
A rabbit needs to have a constant playmate because rabbits are not solitary animals like cats for example.
They can become extremely sad and depressed if kept on their own.
4. A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing!
Many people believe they need to chew to keep their teeth short.
While they do enjoy chewing, it’s the normal wear from where their top and bottom teeth meet that keeps a rabbit’s teeth short.
The teeth continuously grow out of the mouth because rabbits do not chew their food, but instead, they rip it with their front teeth and swallow it whole.
5. Rabbits have almost 360-degree vision
Although they are born with their eyes shut, rabbits develop a high concentration of rods and cones in their eyes as they grow up.
They have the best vision even in low light since they can see predators approaching from any direction.
Rabbits also have very good hearing and can detect the slightest sound from up to 300 feet away.
This makes it easy for them to hear when people or animals are coming near.
6. Bunnies ‘binky’ when they’re happy.
A rabbit will be ‘binky’ when it feels happy or exciting.
Binkying looks like a large jump in the air while the rabbit slightly twists its body and head at the same time. Some call this a ‘bunny hop’.
Nothing great than to see a pet rabbit happily hop in the air with a twist of the body and kick of the feet.
7. Baby rabbits are called ‘kittens’
Nope, not bunnies, technically. And not to be confused with a cat’s kittens.
Although both share some similar personalities in hygiene, another word for a young rabbit is ‘kits’.
Mature females are known as does while adult males are called bucks.
Bunny, meanwhile, falls into the same category of cutesy terms as kitty and doggy – they’re not scientific, but everyone will know what you mean.
8 . They eat their poop
You read that right! It may sound gross but there’s a scientific explanation to it!
After digesting a meal, rabbits will sometimes eat their poop and process it a second time.
Droppings are an essential part of a rabbit’s diet. They even produce a special type of poop called cecotropes that are softer than their normal pellets and meant to be eaten.
Rabbits have a fast-moving digestive system, and by redigesting waste, they’re able to absorb nutrients their bodies missed the first time around. Think of it as a cycle!
9. Rabbits can’t vomit
A rabbit cannot cough up a hairball after a long day of self-grooming just like a cat.
A rabbit’s digestive tract is physically incapable of moving in reverse.
Rather than generating hairballs, rabbits manage to swallow fur by eating lots of roughage that sends it through their digestive tract.
We all know that rabbits are cute, fluffy animals that make great pets.
But did you know they can be a little more complex than we thought?
For example, did you know it’s possible for them to get bored and seek out new things in their environment? Did you also know bunnies have been known to wiggle their noses when they smell something tasty?
What else do you know about rabbits? Share in the comments below.