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Some interesting facts about rabbits, rabbit origins and history and rabbit mythology...


- rabbit whiskers are as wide as the body (so they can feel their way in tunnels and not get stuck)

- rabbits noses twitch 20 to 120 times per minute (faster when excited or stressed and slower when relaxed or sleeping)

- rabbits can't see directly in front of their nose but can see behind them (to keep an eye out for danger approaching)

- rabbits lick each other and humans as a sign of affection (the "top bunny" will request grooming from subordinates)

- rabbits shed hair when you hold them and they are stressed (a defence mechanism, to wriggle free from a predator's grip)

- rabbits can sleep with their eyes open (a useful trick but disconcerting for us!)



- the Romans farmed wild rabbits and this was called "cuniculture"

- the Latin name 'Oryctolagus cuniculus' means 'hare-like digger of underground tunnels'

- rabbits was the original name for babies while adult rabbits were called coneys

- rabbits were first domesticated in the 5th Century by monks in France

- rabbits with Dutch markings can be seen in paintings from the 15th Century

- rabbits started to be kept as pets and for the hobby of "fancy" breeds in the Victorian era



- rabbits are a symbol of fertility and rebirth and are therefore commonly associated with Easter

- rabbits are often represented as tricksters, using their cunning to outwit enemies

- rabbits are one of the twelve celestial animals in the Chinese Zodiac or calendar

- in Japanese tradition, rabbits live on the moon

- the Aztecs worshipped a pantheon of four hundred rabbit gods known as Centzon Totochtin

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