Rabbits are inspirational. Rabbits are small mammals that live in North America, southwestern Europe, southeast Asia, Sumatra, some islands of Japan, parts of Africa, and parts of South America. Their habitats include meadows, woods, forests, grasslands, deserts, and wetlands. They live in groups of underground burrows called warrens.
Rabbits have long hind limbs and long ears. Their long hind limbs help them to jump away from predators as they are a prey animal. They, also, use their hind limbs to thump the ground to warn other members of their colony and to kick their predators if caught. Their ears are thought to help them to be aware of predators.
Rabbits range in length from just over half a foot to almost two feet in length. Their fur is often long and soft in shades of brown, gray, and buff. Cottontail rabbits have white on their tails.
Rabbits are herbivores. They eat grass, forbs, leafy weeds, and their own partially digested fecal pellets. Hard pellets are defecated outside and their nutrient-rich other pellets are encased in mucus, defecated in their burrows, and immediately re-eaten.
Rabbits are bred for food and kept as pets in many places in the world. Angora rabbits and other breeds are raised for their fur. Their fur can be spun into yarn. Their pelts can be made into coats, other items of clothing, and accessories. Meat production from rabbits can reach 200 million tons annually. Rabbit meat is leaner than other sources of meat and is high in protein.
Rabbits breed at a rate that can make their population numbers too vast. They become a problem for agriculture because of their grazing. Land owners in Australia and New Zealand are required to control large populations of rabbits.
Rabbits are known for their fertility and have become symbols of fertility and rebirth. Rabbits became symbols of spring and Easter. Rabbits appear in folklore and children’s stories. Popular culture has also made them symbols of playful sexuality. They are in mythology as well and are cast as tricksters, cunning characters, and “party animals”. In many parts of the world a rabbit’s foot has been carried for good luck. Oppositely, in Jewish folklore, rabbits have been linked with cowardice. Bugs Bunny, Br’er Rabbit, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’s White Rabbit, and other famous rabbits have made their way into film, literature, and technology.
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