Bunnies for Kids – Rabbits and Hares – Animals for Kids – Rabbit Facts

Springtime is BUNNY SEASON. Just look around! When the new green grass begins to grow, and
flowers start to appear, that’s when you’ll see a lot of new baby bunnies! This is why many cultures feature rabbits
in springtime celebrations. Another reason we associate bunnies with the
season of new growth is because they reproduce so quickly. {popping sounds} “Bunny” is not an official scientific
name – it’s more like an affectionate nickname. We call both rabbits and hares bunnies. Rabbits and hares are in the same FAMILY,
but they ARE different. How can you tell the difference between a
rabbit and a hare? Hares are bigger than rabbits, and they have
different-looking ears and feet. Rabbits live in a warren – a series of tunnels
underground with little rooms. But hares usually live above ground. Baby rabbits are blind and hairless, and they
require a lot of care. Hares are born with all their fur. Their eyes are open, and they can hop around
a few hours after they are born. What about a jackrabbit? Is that a rabbit?… Nope, it’s a hare, despite “rabbit”
being in its name. Look at his giant ears! That’s how the jackrabbit got its name. It was given by Mark Twain, the famous author
of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Twain saw those big ears, and said “It looks
like a jackass rabbit!” Jackass is another name for donkey. See the resemblance? Over time, the name
got shortened to jackrabbit. Some rabbits live in the wild, and some rabbits
are pets. There are more than a dozen SPECIES of rabbits
in the wild. And there are more than *200* different BREEDS
of domesticated rabbits. Domesticated means tame. These rabbits live on farms or are kept as
pets. There is a wide range of sizes and colours
of domesticated rabbit – from the tiny pygmy rabbits like Britannia Petite or Netherland
Dwarf to the biggest rabbits like Checkered Giants and Flemish Giants. Some special rabbits are ALBINO. That means they don’t make MELANIN – that’s
the same pigment we have that that makes your hair darker and gives your skin and eyes their
colour. So albino rabbits are all WHITE, and they
have PINK eyes. Here’s a kind of rabbit that has extra fur
on top of their heads! … It kind of looks like they’re wearing
a wig. In contrast, most wild rabbits look something
like this. You can find wild rabbits
in many parts of the world. Most rabbits live in North America. But you’ll also find many rabbits in South
America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and parts of Africa! Rabbits can adapt to almost any environment. In many places, rabbits
were introduced as pets. They accidentally escaped into the wild, and
reproduced like crazy. This has caused environmental problems, especially
in Australia and New Zealand, where rabbits are considered pests. In high numbers, rabbits can clear out all
the vegetation in an area. They continue to eat any little new plants
that pop up, and pretty soon, the land is completely barren. That’s what happens if an animal doesn’t
have many natural predators. In North America, rabbits have MANY natural
predators. They have to look out for hawks, falcons,
eagles, owls, foxes, coyotes, wolves, raccoons, cats, dogs, snakes…yeah, rabbits are on
the menu for MANY predators. And rabbits don’t have many natural defenses. They do have strong nails and teeth, but bunnies
are usually smaller and weaker than their predators. Instead of fighting back, they usually hide
or run away. Lucky for the wild rabbits, their brownish
fur acts as camouflage, helping them blend into their surroundings. Rabbits rely on their senses to tell them
a predator is coming. See their big eyes? Rabbits have excellent vision, and can see
almost 360 degrees – that helps them look out for predators, even overhead. Bunnies also have a keen sense of smell. Rabbits’ noses are constantly twitching,
picking up the scents of predators…and food. Rabbits’ big soft ears also help them LISTEN
for predators. If a rabbit hears something suspicious, they
will thump the ground to alert other rabbits of danger. {cracking branch sound} gasp! What was that?!! Run away, little bunny! {use rabbit thumping
footage here} Rabbits and hares have a special way of moving…
they hop! Their powerful back legs let them leap great
distances compared with their size. Some rabbits can hop about 2 feet up in the
air. Others can reach up to 4 feet! And horizontally, they can jump an amazing
15 feet!! The longest bunny jump recorded was over 7
times the rabbit’s body length. By comparison, the world record for the Human
long jump was less than 5 times our body length. We don’t know for sure whether rabbits are
NOCTURNAL or CREPUSCULAR. That is, whether they are naturally more active
at night, or during the dusk and dawn. It seems that rabbits can change their schedule
and adapt to better avoid predators. They sleep about 8 hours a day. The rest of the time is spent eating. We call this GRAZING. Cartoons often show rabbits eating carrots. But in the wild, they don’t get to eat very
many root vegetables that grow underground. Rabbits mostly eat grass and hay. They also enjoy leafy greens. Rabbits don’t eat meat. They’re vegetarians! Another word for vegetarian is HERBIVORE. Eating all that grass makes a rabbit want
to settle down and have a family. A male rabbit, called a buck, mates with a
female rabbit, called a doe. After about 30 days, they have a litter of
usually 4 to 8 baby rabbits. For about two weeks, the mother rabbit stays
away from the nest except for feeding them at dusk and dawn – to help keep the baby rabbits
hidden from predators. By the time a rabbit is around 3 months old,
they can start raising their own family of baby rabbits. And rabbits can reproduce MANY times each
year. You can see how colonies of rabbits quickly
grow bigger and bigger, and overpopulation can be a danger. That’s why it’s important that prey animals
have predators. Did you know there are some special places
where you can visit a TON of bunnies? There’s a small island in Japan called Okunoshima
where there are many, many rabbits. HUNDREDS of rabbits! In fact, some people call it Usagi Shima,
which means Rabbit Island. The wild rabbits on this island are protected,
and NO DOGS OR CATS allowed. Just bunnies. If you can’t make it to Japan, many other
places have bunny petting events. If you do go to a petting zoo, remember to
be very, very gentle. Bunnies are very small compared to us. Now it’s time for a bunny parade! How many of these do you know? Pygmy rabbit American Fuzzy Lop European rabbit Desert cottontail Belgian Hare Lower keys marsh rabbit Brush rabbit English Spot Cashmere Lop Arctic hare Snowshoe hare — ooh, this one turns white
in the winter! Clever bunny. French angora Blacktailed Jackrabbit Giant angora Harlequin Jersey Wooly Lionhead New Zealand Red Mini Lop Teddy Dwarf Tri-Colour Dutch Okay, we’ll stop there but we could go on! …and on! And on! Have you seen any wild bunnies where you live? Do you know anyone who has a pet bunny? Tell us about it in the comments! Now it’s time to watch another video about
animals. You get to pick! It’s up to you. Totally your choice. The OCTOPUS video is really
good. They’re ALL really good. You’ll see! Now pick your next video!

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