When I first became a bunny mom, I did a lot of research, and during that time I came across a ton of bizarre things about bunnies, so I hope you enjoy this post, where I’ve put together the most interesting and insane – but totally true – facts about bunnies.
If you’re like me, then you love absolutely everything about rabbits, even the weird, slightly bizarre things. I found these 11 facts about bunnies super interesting, and I hope you do too.
11 Insane (But Totally True) Facts About Bunnies
1. Geography matters
More than half the world’s rabbits live in North America. Wow.
2. Bunny vision
Even though rabbits are born with their eyes shut, they have almost 360 degree vision, which allows them to see what’s coming from behind them, above them, and from the sides without turning their heads. But they also have a blind spot right in front of their eyes.
3. Eating their own poop
Bunnies will sometimes eat their own poop and process it a second time. It’s gross but rabbit droppings are actually an essential part of their diet. They produce a special type of poop called cecotropes that are softer than their normal round poop pellets and meant to be eaten. They have a fast-moving digestive system, and by redigesting waste, they’re able to absorb nutrients their bodies missed the first time around.
4. Trancing – this is bad!
Hypnotising, or sometimes referred to as “trancing” a rabbit is actually really traumatic for them. The action of placing a rabbit on their back and stroking their back legs was thought for a long time to make them happy and relaxed, and recommended to help develop a bond between pet and owner. Sadly, the total opposite is true. When a rabbit is held in this position they go into ‘tonic immobility’. This is instinctual – they are actually trying to convince a predator (in this case the person ‘hypnotising’ them) that they are dead, so they will be let go. Recent studies have found hypnotised, or tranced, rabbits show physiological responses similar to those who have experienced a traumatic event. Do not, I repeat, do not trance your bunny. Ever.
5. Bunnies purr
Did you know bunnies purr? A bunny purr sounds almost like teeth chattering quietly or light chomping. It means they are happy and content.
6. Bunnies can’t vomit
Bunnies can’t vomit. While cats can cough up hairballs after grooming, a rabbit cannot. The rabbit digestive system is physically incapable of moving in reverse. Instead of producing hairballs, rabbits deal with swallowed fur by eating plenty of roughage that pushes it through their digestive tract.
7. Their teeth never stop growing
A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing! Instead, they’re gradually worn down as the rabbit chews on hay, grasses and vegetables, ensuring they never get too long.
8. They’re athletic
According to Guinness World Records, the highest rabbit jump reached 3.26 feet (almost a metre!) off the ground and the farthest reached nearly 10 feet (over 3 metres!).
9. Bunny ears
Bunny ears are amazing. They serve two main purposes. The first and most obvious is hearing: Rabbits can rotate their ears 270 degrees, allowing them to detect any threats that might be approaching from close to 2 miles (or 3.2km) away. Their ears also have the added benefit of cooling rabbits down and regulating their temperature. More surface area means more places for body heat to escape from.
10. So many different kinds of rabbits!
There are currently 45 known breeds of rabbits. Which breed do you have? Carrot is a Dutch and Clover is a Palomino Dwarf (I think).
11. When it’s hot out
A rabbit sweats only through the pads on their feet and their tongue. They don’t handle heat very well and it’s important to keep them cool in summer.
The more time I spend with Carrot and Clover, the more fascinated I become. Bunnies are completely underrated and really make amazing pets. I encourage you to open your heart and home and to give these awesome creatures a chance for a happy, safe and loving home.
Do you know any super insane facts about bunnies that I left off this list? I’d love to know about it. Leave a comment below or hop over to my Facebook page and share your thoughts.
Love and binkies.
Bye for now.