Sunday, February 6, 2011

5 Bunny Facts


I felt like doing this so here: 5 facts about rabbits I bet you didn't know.

Fact #1
Some rabbits are reared for their wool

Yeah, that's a rabbit
If you would like to own a living ball of cotton wool then get yourself an Angora Rabbit. This bunny is a variety of domestic rabbit bred for its long, soft hair. It is one of the oldest types of domestic rabbit, originating in Ankara, Turkey along with the Angora cat and Angora goat. The rabbits were popular pets with French royalty in the mid 1700s, and spread to other parts of Europe by the end of the century. They are bred largely for their long wool, which may be removed by shearing or gently pulling loose wool. Four breeds are English, Giant, French and Satin Angora rabbits. Their weight ranges from 2 to 5.5 kilograms

Fact #2
Rabbits are not big rats

Rabbits pwn rats
Rabbits ain't rodents. They belong to a family called Lagomorphs, a separate species. There are a few differences. Lagos have four incisors in the upper jaw (not two) and are pure veggie heads. But the key difference is the male anatomy (giggle), in Lagos, the male's scrotum is in front of the penis and the penis contains no bone unlike in rodents.

So the next time people say that rabbits are rodents, point to their junk and say: "No they're not! Their balls are in front and they have a floppy dick. So obviously they are lagomorphs." LOL

But they have 1 thing in common with rodents....

Fact #3
Rabbit teeth never ever stop growing

One of the ways that the tooth surfaces are worn down is through chewing on hard fibrous food. The other is by having the opposing teeth in the mouth wear each other down during the chewing and grinding that accompanies eating.

Or you can feed them cookies...
If there weren't a mechanism in place to prevent the unlimited elongation of the teeth it would ultimately be impossible to close the mouth and ingest food. Rabbits whose teeth do not line up properly can expect a lifetime of visits to the vet to mechanically grind or cut the overgrown teeth. The front teeth, the incisors, are easily accessible and are cut with a nail trimmer. The molar teeth are hard to access and have to be done under a general anesthetic. Rabbits -- an orthodontist’s delight or nightmare?

Fact #4
You can hypnotize a rabbit

Well, not exactly. Tonic immobility (TI) is a state of motor inhibition that can occur in prey animals as a last defence against a predator.The rabbit will lie still on its back, giving the impression of being already dead.. TI is commonly referred to as trancing or hypnotising. It was previously thought to relax the rabbit but this has been widely discredited, studies show increased heart rate, respiration and blood pressure.

Another method is by gently turn the rabbit on its back and slowly and rhythmically slide it back and forth. This technique is vital to vets so that procedures can be done without the rabbit reacting in any way. Restraint of rabbits can be a very precarious. Overzealous restraint can easily result in fractures of the back when a struggling rabbit kicks violently with its powerful hind legs, essentially causing the back to snap like a twig.

Fact #5
Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny have only appeared together onscreen once.

The movie: Disney's Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
The man responsible:  Acclaimed director and producer Steven Spielberg.

Spielberg was able to get the rights to all the non-Disney cartoon characters for about $5,000 per character! The one caveat was that Warner Bros. demanded that Bugs Bunny only be featured in scenes opposite Mickey Mouse and that the pair had to speak the same number of words of dialogue.

You didn't expect Bugs to play fair didcha! 

Yeah, so I just slipped this last fact in but it's still bunny related :D

{Song in My Head}
~Tired of Being Sorry by Enrique Iglesias~
      "With all the vampires and their brides,
           We're all bloodless and blind,
                And longing for a life,
                     Beyond the silver moon..."


Post a Comment