RABBIT AND BUNNY AWARENESS DAY
FACT: Rabbits are different than bunnies.
Rabbits are mean. They bite, they scratch, and they go STRAIGHT FOR THE NECK!:
Whereas bunnies are really cute. They deliver chocolate eggs in the night:
FACT: Rabbits (and bunnies) are NOT rodents. They're lagomorphs. So are pikas.
Ahem. From Wikipedia:
Lagomorphs differ from rodents in that:
- they have four incisors in the upper jaw (not two, as in the Rodentia)
- they are almost wholly herbivorous (unlike rodents, many of which will eat both meat and vegetation)
- the male's scrotum is in front of the penis (unlike rodents', which is behind)
Clearly, the differences in teeth and genitalia warrant an entirely separate order.
However, they resemble rodents in that their teeth grow throughout their life, thus necessitating constant chewing to keep them from growing too long.
- the penis contains no bone (baculum), unlike in rodents
FACT: Rabbits are superb hoppers.
I mean just look at these photos from the 2011 European Rabbit Hopping Championships. Special thanks to Chris Wingfield for sharing.
Here's a sample: