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Amy Sedaris and Bunnies in Style Magazine

Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris with her rabbit Dusty.

Comedian, actress, and house rabbit advocate Amy Sedaris recently gave an interview in Style Magazine. She spoke about her rabbit Dusty, who recently passed away at 12 years old, Tattletale, her first rabbit, as well as general tidbits about living with house rabbits. Here are some highlights.

Regarding her friend, Stephen Colbert:

“Stephen wasn’t crazy about getting a rabbit. His kids wanted one and he didn’t want the responsibility, but he got a little black bunny, who actually just had its leg amputated. And I went over to his house and was like, ‘Stephen! You’re doing everything wrong!’ and I sent him hay and books and information. Now the rabbit is doing really well!”

On pampering her bunnies:

“One time on Strangers, we did an Indians episode. I brought the tepee back to my apartment, and Tattletale lived in that for a while.”

On rabbit behavior:

“Give them any kind of cardboard to chew on. They love it. They chew everything. My rabbits chewed my shoes and the side of my bed. They shredded my bed skirts. All of my clothes still have holes. If you really love your rabbit, you won’t care.”

Read the full article at Style.com.

House Rabbit Society Offers Aid to Rabbits Found in Landfill

Rescued rabbitsThe latest Emergency Rescue Grant from the House Rabbit Society was awarded to Napa Humane Society and the student chapter of the UC Davis Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association to help pay for spays and neuters of 27 rabbits rescued from a field near the Fairfield landfill in Solano County, California.

If you would like to help rescue efforts like these, you can donate to the House Rabbit Society towards their Emergency Rescue Grant program. Learn more >

Rabbits Unearth Rare Artifacts

One bunny archaeologist at Land's End. Photo by: David Chapman Photography for Land's End Landmark.

One bunny archaeologist at Land’s End. Photo by: David Chapman Photography for Land’s End Landmark.

While constructing their intricate warrens, wild rabbits living on Land’s End, the westernmost point in England, recently unearthed some rare ancient treasures.

Big Heritage, a nonprofit archaeology organization, went on to conduct a thorough investigation of the site. The group found flint tools, hide scrapers and arrowheads that dated back at least 5,000 years.

“It’s amazing how a family of rabbits have set in motion an incredible journey of discovery. Within the immediate vicinity of Land’s End, we were able to see a visible timeline of Britain, stretching deep into prehistory,” says Big Heritage’s Dean Paton. “Whilst the landscape will have changed considerably over time, it’s likely that the stunning natural beauty of the site would have always been significant to humans.”

Read more about the discovery at History.com.

February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month!

Rabbit groomingIf you’ve done your homework and determined that you and your family are ready to welcome a rabbit into your home, then consider adoption!

Rabbit rescues and animal shelters are continually overrun with homeless rabbits. There are bunnies of all ages, shapes, and sizes just waiting for their forever homes. A shelter volunteer can help match you up with just the right bunny (or pair of bonded bunnies).

Plus, adopting a rabbit from a rescue or shelter doesn’t just benefit the bunny.  Many rescues litter train the rabbits in their care and acclimate them (if needed) to living inside the home.  Further, if the rabbits are mature enough, most rescues will have the rabbits neutered/spayed. This will save you money on vet bills for the procedure.

To find out more reasons to adopt a rabbit from a shelter as opposed to purchasing one from a breeder or pet store, see our article, “Benefits of Adopting a Pet Rabbit.”

If you’re ready to find a bunny in your area, you can start with PetFinder or you can check out the House Rabbit Society website for links to all of their regional chapters.

Small Pet Select Special Offer: Free Bunny Ring

Small Pet Select is offering a free bunny wrap ring with any purchase of hay or pellets! Just use the coupon code BUNNYRING at checkout. This adorable ring normally retails for $15.95.

Bunny Wrap Ring

To take advantage of the special, go to Small Pet Select and choose any size hay or pellets. At checkout, enter the coupon code BUNNYRING.  This coupon code will apply the Bunny Wrap Ring to your order, free of charge.  Once you proceed through checkout, Small Pet Select will send you a tracking number for your package.

To learn more about Small Pet Select, read our review of their timothy hay: Hay Day for Coco and Cosette.

Coco eating hay

Pet Rabbits Save Family from Fire

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Pet rabbits save Tucson family.

Two pet rabbits alerted their owners to a kitchen fire one night in Tucson. Nicole Ochotorena, her husband, and their three children were all asleep when the fire broke out. The rabbits stomped their feet in their cage, waking the owners up. The smoke alarms did not go off.

“My bunnies are my lifesavers,” Ochotorena said. “They saved my life and they saved my kids.”

Learn more at myfoxchicago.com.

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.

Why Do Rabbits Have White Tails?

Brown rabbit

Unfortunately for Cosette, her natural brown coloring does nothing to camouflage her here.

Wild rabbits are well concealed in the brush by their brown coloring. But one thing gives them away – that flash of white from their tails as they’re bounding away. So why did rabbits evolve to have a white tail, and not a brown one? (Or a green one?)

Evolutionary biologist Dirk Semmann of the University of Göttingen in Germany thinks he knows the answer. Semmann believes the obvious, white coloring actually distracts and confuses predators as the rabbit darts back and forth. A predator focuses on the white tail during the chase, and then when the rabbit turns, the white disappears. It takes a second for the predator to regain focus on the rabbit after every sharp turn… and these seconds can add up to enough time for the rabbit to escape.

According to Semmann, “The idea first appeared when I was running,” says Semmann. “I met this rabbit; it was always running and turning at some point. That got me thinking about the problem.”

To test his theory, Semmann used a video game on a group of people which involved either a flashing, bright circle (the white tail) or a non-flashing circle that blended with the background. The presence of the flashing circle reduced the participants’ ability to “catch” it.

Learn more on Nature.com.