Facts about rabbits

Interesting facts about rabbits

1. Senses: Rabbits have an excellent sense of smell, hearing and vision. Because their eyes are on the side of their head, they can see almost 360 degrees and only have a small blind spot in front of their nose. Their hearing is greatly enhanced by the length of their ears, which can be up to 10 cm long!

2. Hop: Rabbits have extremely strong hind legs and can therefore jump 3 meters long and almost 1 meter into the air. The world’s highest rabbit jump is exactly 99.5 cm and the record was set in 1997 by a rabbit named ‘Mimrelunds Tøsen’ owned by Trine Hygum from Herning, Denmark

3. Biggest rabbit: The record holder for the world’s largest rabbit changes frequently, as there are many rabbit owners who want their rabbit to win the title – but to be considered, the rabbit must weigh over 24 kg! The largest of all rabbit breeds is the ‘Belgian Giant’ breed

4. Oldest rabbit: The record holder as the oldest living rabbit changes less often, but still frequently. The oldest rabbit ever lived to 18 years old

5. Behavior: Rabbits are territorial animals that live in loosely organized groups. They live in burrow systems consisting of intricate underground tunnels with multiple entrances and exits. Rabbits are generally very social and enjoy the presence of other rabbits. They even groom each other!

Fact: Rabbits are social animals that care for each other and live together in groups
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Fact: Rabbits live together in loosely organized groups. They are also social animals that care for each other!

 

6. Binky: When rabbits are happy, they express their joy with a strange little twitch or hop, known as a ‘binky’

7. Communication: Although rabbits are generally very quiet, they still communicate with each other vocally. This is mainly through small humming sounds. Rabbits can also scream loudly if they are scared or feel threatened – there’s no doubt when they scream!

8. Predator: Rabbits stand up on their hind legs to get a better view when looking for predators. They warn other rabbits by stomping their hind legs

9. Escape: Rabbits escape by jumping in a zigzag pattern, confusing the chasing predator and making it difficult to catch the rabbit in the first place. Rabbits can reach speeds of up to 29 km/h

10. Harer: Hares and rabbits are very similar, but they are two different species. The biggest difference is at birth; baby rabbits are born without fur and are relatively helpless, whereas baby hares have fur and can move almost immediately

Fakta: Kaniner kan hoppe 3 meter i længden og knap 1 meter i højden
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Rabbits are able to jump 3 meters far and almost 1 meter into the air thanks to their powerful hind legs

 

Caring for rabbits

  • Responsibilities: Caring for rabbits involves more work and responsibility than you might think. In addition, it’s always recommended that you get two (or more) rabbits rather than one, as rabbits are social animals
  • Food: Rabbits need a fiber-rich diet. In particular, hay and grass are essential for rabbit digestion and without the fiber, rabbits can die. Although small daily amounts of vegetables and fruit are good for rabbits, they don’t contain all the nutrients needed in a rabbit’s diet
  • Hiding places: Because rabbits in the wild are popular prey for predators, they spend a lot of time hiding in plants, tunnels and the like. Therefore, captive rabbits should always have access to shelter and hiding places. Rabbits left in open areas – such as an enclosure – will feel threatened and unprotected
  • Other pets: You should generally keep other domestic animals (predators) away from rabbits, as rabbits are not naturally psychologically equipped to interact with predators. However, there are plenty of examples of rabbits living side by side with cats and dogs, for example; you just need to be careful – especially in the beginning
  • Stimulation: In the wild, rabbits have plenty to do; from foraging to reproduction to defending territories. However, in captivity they often lack stimulation, which can lead to behavioral problems and poor health. Therefore, you should equip their cages with tunnels, branches, boxes, etc.
  • Dig holes: Digging is a natural part of a rabbit’s behavior. That’s why it should be allowed to do so! To prevent rabbits from damaging the garden or escaping, make sure they always have a place where they can dig freely (but still be contained)
  • Boredom: Just like humans, rabbits tend to get bored if their surroundings are always the same. Therefore, it’s recommended that you move their cage every now and then. However, too much change can confuse and even frighten them, as rabbits naturally prefer to be familiar with their surroundings
  • Training: Rabbits can be trained using reward-based training. For example, they can be trained to jump over small obstacles etc. which can be used to keep them active (captive rabbits can easily become lazy and passive, which can be detrimental to their health)