Lake Superior Zoo, Duluth, Minnesota

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Animals - Griggs Learning Center

Domestic Rabbits - Bugs (Blue Dutch) & Bunnicula (Rex) 
Range: All across the world depending on species.
Habitat: Usually fields, open woods, under bushes or tall grasses.
Diet: Leafy plants, clover, flowers, weeds, bark, and fruit from bushes and trees. At the zoo they eat fruit, vegetables, hay and pellets.
Fun Facts:
  • Rabbits are generally defenseless against predators but can usually avoid being caught by their keen sense of hearing and smell, their use of burrows, and nocturnal activity. Rabbits warn each other of predators by thumping the hind foot on the ground, grating their teeth, and crying.
  • At any sign of danger, the rabbit will run. They can leap 10 feet in one bound and run 18 miles per hour, but they tire easily.
  • The hairs on a rabbit's body are controlled by muscles enabling it to control body temperature by controlling the amount of air trapped within the fur. The rabbit heats the trapped air by its body to keep the skin warm. 
  • Rabbits' teeth are made for constant gnawing and grow continuously throughout life. They have four incisor teeth (front teeth), two in the front and two behind them.
  • Rabbits are prolific breeders and can bear five to seven litters in one year! Each litter has about two to eight young and the longevity is about four to six years in the wild.
  • Rabbits were domesticated in the 6th or 7th century B.C. There are many domesticated breeds used for shows and competitions and there are several breeder organizations. 

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