Awe-ducational: The Rabbit

Thousands of years ago rabbits were only found in parts of Europe and Africa. Over time they were introduced to different parts of the world and now live on every continent except for Antarctica. Rabbits live in any environment where they can hide from enemies. They live in forests, grasslands, prairies, deserts, brushy areas, or any field that has a hiding place. They like to live near water if possible because they are very strong swimmers, if pursued they will take to the water in order to escape a predator. 

Rabbits make wonderful pets; in fact, they are one of the most popular pets in north America. Most rabbits that people keep as pets are different than the ones you would see in the wild. Pet rabbits are often related to European rabbits and are in many ways different than the cottontails that are common in North America. A pet rabbit should not be released into the wild as it is not adapted to that environment and would have a hard time surviving.  

A baby rabbit is called a kit. When born it is hairless and blind. The mother rabbit will nurse a kit for about two weeks. At ten days the kits hair will begin to grow. At about 14 to 16 days old a kit is ready to leave the nest and explore the world. After 4 or 5 weeks of sleeping, eating, and playing with its mother and siblings a kit will head out on its own. At about 4 months the rabbit is fully grown.  

If you want to learn more about rabbits, you can visit the juvenile non-fiction section at the Auburn Hills Public Library. Below are some books that you can check out on the topic. 

Rabbits by Lee Jacobs Rabbits by Micheala Miller
Rabbits by Anita Ganeri Cottontails by Ron Fisher