7 things you didn’t know about the Easter Bunny

  1. Rabbits are very smart, just like dogs and cats, they can be litter trained. They can also be taught tricks with the help of a few treats!

2. Rabbits are not rodents! They belong to the Lagomorphs along with hares and pikas. A lagomorph is simply defined as a gnawing herbivorous mammal having two pairs of incisors in the upper jaw one behind the other.

3. Baby rabbits are called kittens! A rabbit can have anywhere between 1 and 14 babies in one litter. The kits will stay in the nest for 3 weeks and cannot leave their mother until 8 weeks old. A male rabbit is called a buck and a female is a doe.

4. Rabbits ‘binky’ when they are happy. This is where rabbits perform a happy hop in the air, twisting the body and kicking their feet with joy.

5. Rabbits do not live off of carrots! Their primary diet consists of hay, leafy greens and a few pellets. Carrots are actually full of sugar, and are only given to bunnies as a good treat.

6. Rabbits purr when they’re happy. It’s not quite the same as a cats purr, it sounds like teeth chattering or light chomping.

7. They are not starter pets or Easter gifts! Many people think that rabbits are less of a commitment than cats or dog. Rabbits need even more attention and effort than their feline or dog companions. Rabbits can also live 10 years or longer, so make sure you’re ready for the responsibility of a lifetime!

Rabbits are the third most abandoned animal and these numbers increase rapidly around Easter, when people buy a bunny for the occasion instead of the right reasons. We hope you enjoyed learning about bunnies, and make sure you read up before adopting such an adorable creature.

written and illustrated by Erin O’Farrell