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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The aggressive rabbit swimming away from the President, captured on footage taken by a White House photographer

The Jimmy Carter rabbit incident, dubbed the "killer rabbit" attack by the media, involved a swamp rabbit furiously trying to board then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter's fishing boat on April 20, 1979. Press Secretary Jody Powell mentioned the event to Associated Press correspondent Brooks Jackson on August 28, 1979, who filed the story with the wire service the following day. The story "President Attacked by Rabbit" was carried across the front page of The Washington Post, though the White House's refusal to release the photograph resulted in the newspaper using a cartoon parody of the Jaws poster labeled "PAWS" as its illustration.

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Holland Lop
Holland Lops are a breed of rabbit originating in the Netherlands. The breed was recognized by the Netherlands' Governing Rabbit Council in 1964 and the American Rabbit Breeders' Association in 1979. They are popular house pets, known for their sweet temperament and non-aggressive behavior. The breed ties as the smallest breed of the lop-eared rabbits with the American Fuzzy Lop with an ideal weight of 3.0 - 4.0 lbs (1.6 kg) for showing in American Rabbit Breeders' Association sanctioned shows. The most common fur colors are tortoise shell, broken tortoise shell, broken black and black, broken orange, and white.

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Hare hieroglyph photo
The ancient Egyptian hare hieroglyph is a portrayal of an Egyptian desert hare, which the Egyptians called sekhat. This hieroglyph expresses the sound "oon" or "oonen"; it is also a symbol (ideogram) for the verb "to be" or "to exist". The written name of famous Pharaoh Unas also uses the hare hieroglyph.


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A rabbit grooming itself


Did you know…

  • … that a female rabbit is called a doe?
  • … that a pet rabbit can live longer than 10 years?
  • … that hares sleep during the day and are active at night?

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