Rabbits are one of the cutest and most charming animals. Their fluffiness, thin whiskers, short tails, distinctive colors, and distinguishing long ears make people hard to resist their fondness.
They are one of the domestic pets that are being taken care of and sheltered to several households because they do not feature a potential hazard or risk to family members and they also posit significant harmlessness to other animals or pets.
Kids love petting animals, and rabbits could be one of these adorable companions to love and play with. This could be an excellent opportunity to educate children on some interesting facts about rabbits.
Here are the 21 fun rabbit facts for kids:
1. Did you know that a male rabbit is called a ‘buck’? And that a female rabbit is called a ‘doe’?
2. Did you know that a baby rabbit is called a ‘kit’ (short for ‘kitten’)? Or it is also termed as ‘litter’ in a collective manner.
3. Did you know that the term ‘bunny’ is just another name for the rabbit often associated with its cuteness, fondness, and fluffiness? It does not really contain scientific relevance compared to the term ‘rabbit’ that belongs in the taxonomic family, Leporidae.
4. Did you know that a hare is different from a rabbit? Hares are larger than rabbits. Hares make nests above ground while rabbits would burrow underground. Lastly, the rabbit’s cony stays the same pigment while hares change color from gray or brown during summer and white during winter.
5. Did you know that a wild rabbit only has an average lifespan of one to two years while domesticated rabbits can live between eight to twelve years old (if properly taken care of)? This is because wild rabbits are exposed to food scarcity, diseases, and predators compared to the domesticated rabbits that are nursed, sheltered, and fed.
6. Did you know that a rabbit only has a total of 28 teeth? They have four incisors, two on the bottom and two on the top. The two small peg-like ‘auxiliary incisors’ are located right behind the top incisors. Then, rabbits have cheek teeth that are used for grinding foods; six lower molars, six upper molars, four lower premolars, and six upper premolars.
7. Did you know that rabbits could start breeding at an early age? Just three to four months old, a doe would only gestate for 30 days and produce offspring with an average of four to twelve litter, which would depend on the rabbits’ breeds.
If the kits are born, they can mate and get impregnated again right the following day. This would explain why rabbits easily multiplied or increased in numbers within a short period.
8. Did you know that a mother rabbit would only feed her kits for only about five minutes per day?
The mother’s nutritious milk could sustain the kits for 24 hours.
The feeding usually takes time between midnight and 5 o’clock in the morning. This is the rabbit’s natural mechanism to protect her babies from predators by giving a significant distance from the nest.
This explains why we often observe that the mother does not often nurse their kits unless it is feeding time.
9. Did you know that when a rabbit is happy, they will twist and jump? It is called ‘binky.’ In order to make them binky more often, you should: give them treats, give them time, give them space, give them attention, give them toys to play with (since rabbits like to chew, forage, and dig), and give them a friend (preferably another rabbit because they are social creatures).
10. Did you know that rabbits are also vulnerable to heat strokes? Due to the fluffiness of the rabbit’s fur or cony, they quickly get heat strokes since their ideal temperature is between 12° to 21°C (55° to 70°F).
If the environment temperature is beyond this number, the rabbits’ risks to heatstroke would significantly increase. Rabbits prefer to live in cool places.
11. Did you know that rabbits cannot vomit? Rabbits have no gag reflex, and their tiny and delicate stomach muscles or ‘sphincter’ have a lack of strength to vomit. This could only be used for ingesting food and not expelling it.
12. Did you know that rabbits cannot digest meat? Consuming meat will make them feel sick. The rabbit’s digestive system is significantly intended to only process countless amounts of limited proteins and fiber from pellets and hay, respectively.
13. Did you know that rabbits could purr like a cat? The only difference is that it is softer than the cat’s because the rabbit makes the sound by rubbing its teeth simultaneously rather than using the vibration of throat muscles to purr. If the rabbit purrs, it means contentment.
14. Did you know that rabbit manure can be utilized as fertilizers? The rabbit manure is an organic matter and would improve the poor soil structure, moisture, and drainage retention. Also, rabbit manure is not as smelly as other animal wastes and is easy to handle.
15. Did you know that a rabbit has no external sweat glands? This explains why rabbits suffer from heatstroke because they are incapable of sweating. Although rabbits have tiny glands inside their mouth, they breathe through their nose, rendering the said glands useless.
16. Did you know that rabbits are capable of rotating their ears 180 degrees? That rotation could exactly pinpoint the location of where the sound is coming from. This is a pretty impressive skill for sensing the animals’ location preying on them and could avoid potential danger.
17. Did you know that rabbits run in a zig-zag motion and have an average speed of 30 mph? The zig-zag motion is meant to dizzy the predators and to be able to escape from them.
18. Did you know that rabbits have a vision of almost 360 degrees? Because of the fact that their eyes are significantly slightly bulging out and situated on the sides of their head. However, rabbits have a blind spot of ten degrees right in front of their nose. Also, they are farsighted.
19. Did you know that rabbits communicate in a body language manner? Rabbits often change their body positions and would clinch their facial muscles if they are feeling worried. They growl, grunt, hiss, and snort that indicate stress, feeling threatened, anger, or lunging orbiting. Also, oinking or soft honking means an interest in sexual activity.
20. Did you know that rabbits are not nocturnal? They are mostly active during dawn and dusk or twilight. They belong in the category of crepuscular.
21. There are more than 30 species of rabbits worldwide, and despite living in different conditions, there have mostly similar characteristics present.
There you have it, the 21 fun rabbit facts for kids. I hope these facts help you gain knowledge about rabbits and how to handle them properly now. And most importantly, you have fun reading the information about these adorable and fluffy animals.