Rabbit Friday # 5 – Fun Facts

Sorry for the late post everyone. This is the last “Rabbit Friday” post. And I’m posting it on a Monday. Rachel, from mykidhaspaws.org, and I both compiled different facts from websites we have found useful over these past few Rabbit Fridays, Enjoy!

The Bunny Basics

  • About 80% of unspayed female rabbits get uterine cancer at an early age.
  • Rabbits ears help regulate their temperature
  • Rabbits are easily litter box trained

Rabbit Breeders US

  • Rabbits have 28 teeth
  • The world’s oldest rabbit lived to be 16 years old.
  • Rabbits can jump 36 inches or higher.

Rabbit House Society

  • A group of rabbits is a herd
  • The gestation period of a rabbit is 31 days.

One Kind

  • Rabbits have an excellent sense of smell, hearing and vision. They have nearly 360° panoramic vision, allowing them to detect predators from all directions. They can see everything behind them and only have a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
  • When rabbits ‘binky’, this is an expression of joy. They will run, jump into the air, twist their body and flick their feet

Live Science

  • If spotted, they flee from prey in a zigzag. Their powerful hind legs can reach speeds of up to 18 mph (29 kph).

MSPCA

  • 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
  • Bunnies cannot vomit, so it is super important to feed them only healthy, fresh, appropriate food.
  • Interestingly enough, rabbits and horses are very much alike. They have similar eyes, teeth, and ears (those belonging to many prey animals), as well as a similar diet and behavior. Except for size of course! (When Pup was at the vet for a GI issue, the vet compared his illness to a “tiny horse with colic”).

A quick thank you to all the resources we have used over these past few weeks. Rabbits are a common household pet, but many suffer due to poor owner education. Our goal over the past few weeks was to educate, and we hope you learned some fun facts! A special thank you to Rachel for working with me!

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