Portal:Rabbits and hares

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A young English Spot rabbit with chocolate markings

Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world. There are seven different genera in the family classified as rabbits, including the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), cottontail rabbits (genus Sylvilagus; 13 species), and the Amami rabbit (Pentalagus furnessi, an endangered species on Amami Ōshima, Japan). There are many other species of rabbit, and these, along with pikas and hares, make up the order Lagomorpha.

A house rabbit is a domestic rabbit kept as a pet for companionship, who lives inside the home with his owners. House rabbits usually have an indoor pen and a rabbit-safe place to run and exercise, such as a living or family room. They are easily trained to use a litter box and can learn to come when called.

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Br'er Rabbit

Br'er Rabbit ("Brother Rabbit") is a central figure in the Uncle Remus stories of the Southern United States written down by Joel Chandler Harris. Br'er Rabbit is a trickster who succeeds by his wits rather than by brawn. The Br'er Rabbit stories can be traced back to trickster figures in Africa, particularly the hare that figures prominently in the storytelling traditions in West, Central, and Southern Africa. The 1946 Disney film Song of the South is a frame story based on two Br'er Rabbit stories, "The Laughing Place" and "The Tar Baby". He also has a cameo appearance in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

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Netherland Dwarf
The Netherland Dwarf is a popular breed of domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) originating in the Netherlands. Smaller than most rabbit breeds, Netherland Dwarf rabbits weigh 500g to 1.6kg (1.1lbs to 3.5lbs) and are usually kept as pets or exhibition animals. They are not typically used as sources of meat or fur because of their small size. Most rabbits sold in rabbit shows are Netherland Dwarfs, Netherland Dwarf-derived breeds (often referred to simply as dwarf breeds), or Netherland Dwarf crosses.

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Stanford bunny
The Stanford bunny is a 1994 computer graphics 3-D test model developed by Greg Turk and Marc Levoy at Stanford University. A ceramic figurine of a rabbit was scanned in 3-D to create a model with 69,451 polygons which is considered low-resolution by today's standards. The model can be used to test various graphics algorithms such as polygonal simplification, compression, and surface smoothing.

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A rabbit grooming itself

Did you know…

  • … that rabbit teeth never stop growing?
  • … that rabbits have 28 teeth with a dental formula of
  • … that arctic hares will travel over a square-mile area in search of food?

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