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It’s International Rabbit Day!

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International Rabbit Day is a great opportunity to appreciate the joy that rabbits bring to our lives. Take the time to celebrate the rabbits in your life and find ways you can support rabbit welfare worldwide.

There are many rabbit welfare organizations you can support through fostering, volunteering, and donations. Find a local rescue or shelter here, or if there aren’t any organizations nearby, you can donate to the House Rabbit Society headquarters.

How will you celebrate bunnies today?

The Multifaceted House Rabbit

Living with house rabbits over the years has shown me that rabbits are full of surprises.

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They can be clumsy and clunky at times. In fact, often, their jumps off the coffee table remind me of this:

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But then they go on to exhibit feats of acrobatic brilliance.  Their binkies and Bunny 500s, with their exuberant choreography, are thrilling to watch.

bunnyproof4They can be extremely cautious and timid, tiptoeing and bowing their heads as they slowly inch forward to investigate a new sight or smell. Yet there are times of sheer audacity when they balance precariously on an unstable stack of boxes or the back of the couch.

Sometimes they make their presence known with thunderous gnawing on their cardboard castles and wooden toys, uncannily timing it for when you’re in the middle of an important phone call.

And yet, they have their moments of ninja-like skill. You go to toss something in the trash can and realize your rabbits are flopped by your feet.  How long have they been there? you wonder. Minutes? Hours?

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Contrasts like these are well-known to bunny people, and they’re a large part of why we love them!

Global Warming and the Snowshoe Hare

This snowshoe hare is a like a sitting duck for predators. Credit: L.S. Mills Research Photo

This snowshoe hare mismatched to its environment is a like a sitting duck for predators. Credit: L.S. Mills Research Photo

Unfortunately for the snowshoe hare, global warming is making it an easy target for predators.

In recent years, snowshoe hares have spent an increasing amount of time mismatched to their surroundings — either donning a white coat amidst a brown/green environment or a brown coat amidst a snowy white environment.

The saddest part about it is that the hares don’t realize they’re mismatched. They stay still, out in the open, assuming that their camouflage will keep them safe.

The hares moult their brown or white coats in the fall or spring in response to light. According to Alex Kumar, a graduate student at the University of Montana who is studying this phenomenon in Missoula, Montana: “If the hares are consistently molting at the same time, year after year, and the snowfall comes later and melts earlier, there’s going to be more and more times when hares are mismatched.”

The big question for the snowshoe hare is whether it can adapt to climate change before going extinct.

For more info see: NPR.

Baby Bunnies at the House Rabbit Society

On September 5, the House Rabbit Society volunteers found two containers of bunnies that someone had dumped on their doorstep. Eight of the seventeen rabbits were babies. Here’s a video of them:

To help HRS care for these and other needy rabbits, please visit their web site and consider donating: www.rabbit.org.