October 29th, 2013
House Rabbit Society Educatior Mary E. Cotter and Amy Sedaris teamed up to create 49 instructional videos about rabbit care.
Here is one about toys:
And here’s one about rabbit proofing your home:
All of the videos give great insight into living with a house rabbit.
October 19th, 2013
Is this the world’s fluffiest bunny?
Unfortunately, I couldn’t pull up any sort of Guinness Book of World Record for this feat. But if there were a record, it probably would go to this kind of rabbit, which is an angora.
For more photos, see: RiteMail.
September 28th, 2013
International Rabbit Day is a great opportunity to appreciate the joy that rabbits bring to our lives. Take the time to celebrate the rabbits in your life and find ways you can support rabbit welfare worldwide.
There are many rabbit welfare organizations you can support through fostering, volunteering, and donations. Find a local rescue or shelter here, or if there aren’t any organizations nearby, you can donate to the House Rabbit Society headquarters.
How will you celebrate bunnies today?
September 25th, 2013
Living with house rabbits over the years has shown me that rabbits are full of surprises.
They can be clumsy and clunky at times. In fact, often, their jumps off the coffee table remind me of this:
But then they go on to exhibit feats of acrobatic brilliance. Their binkies and Bunny 500s, with their exuberant choreography, are thrilling to watch.
They can be extremely cautious and timid, tiptoeing and bowing their heads as they slowly inch forward to investigate a new sight or smell. Yet there are times of sheer audacity when they balance precariously on an unstable stack of boxes or the back of the couch.
Sometimes they make their presence known with thunderous gnawing on their cardboard castles and wooden toys, uncannily timing it for when you’re in the middle of an important phone call.
And yet, they have their moments of ninja-like skill. You go to toss something in the trash can and realize your rabbits are flopped by your feet. How long have they been there? you wonder. Minutes? Hours?
Contrasts like these are well-known to bunny people, and they’re a large part of why we love them!
September 18th, 2013
For anyone wondering if rabbits have personalities, here is a collage of the many faces of Cosette throughout the years.
September 15th, 2013
Watch a video of happy bunny Ed zipping all over the bed!
Courtesy of Alexandra
September 10th, 2013
This snowshoe hare mismatched to its environment is a like a sitting duck for predators. Credit: L.S. Mills Research Photo
Unfortunately for the snowshoe hare, global warming is making it an easy target for predators.
In recent years, snowshoe hares have spent an increasing amount of time mismatched to their surroundings — either donning a white coat amidst a brown/green environment or a brown coat amidst a snowy white environment.
The saddest part about it is that the hares don’t realize they’re mismatched. They stay still, out in the open, assuming that their camouflage will keep them safe.
The hares moult their brown or white coats in the fall or spring in response to light. According to Alex Kumar, a graduate student at the University of Montana who is studying this phenomenon in Missoula, Montana: “If the hares are consistently molting at the same time, year after year, and the snowfall comes later and melts earlier, there’s going to be more and more times when hares are mismatched.”
The big question for the snowshoe hare is whether it can adapt to climate change before going extinct.
For more info see: NPR.
September 9th, 2013
On September 5, the House Rabbit Society volunteers found two containers of bunnies that someone had dumped on their doorstep. Eight of the seventeen rabbits were babies. Here’s a video of them:
To help HRS care for these and other needy rabbits, please visit their web site and consider donating: www.rabbit.org.
September 2nd, 2013
Cosette and Coco know how to take it easy…
August 23rd, 2013
Unfortunately for Cosette, her natural brown coloring does nothing to camouflage her here.
Wild rabbits are well concealed in the brush by their brown coloring. But one thing gives them away – that flash of white from their tails as they’re bounding away. So why did rabbits evolve to have a white tail, and not a brown one? (Or a green one?)
Evolutionary biologist Dirk Semmann of the University of Göttingen in Germany thinks he knows the answer. Semmann believes the obvious, white coloring actually distracts and confuses predators as the rabbit darts back and forth. A predator focuses on the white tail during the chase, and then when the rabbit turns, the white disappears. It takes a second for the predator to regain focus on the rabbit after every sharp turn… and these seconds can add up to enough time for the rabbit to escape.
According to Semmann, “The idea first appeared when I was running,” says Semmann. “I met this rabbit; it was always running and turning at some point. That got me thinking about the problem.”
To test his theory, Semmann used a video game on a group of people which involved either a flashing, bright circle (the white tail) or a non-flashing circle that blended with the background. The presence of the flashing circle reduced the participants’ ability to “catch” it.
Learn more on Nature.com.