A few weeks ago, on my Instagram account, I announced this new series: Animal Facts + Tatts.
Put simply, this series is just an excuse for me to look at cute animal tattoos all day, and then put them together with some facts pertaining to each animal – entertainment and education all in the one blog post.
The first animal up is the rabbit. Don’t be concerned, though – these rabbits won’t multiply, but your tattoo collection probably will.
Male, female, and baby rabbits are referred to as bucks, does, and kittens or kits respectively.
There are only two continents where the rabbit is not native: Antarctica and Australia.
Depending on their species and location, rabbits live in wetlands, forests, deserts, and the woods.
There are 48 unique breeds of rabbits recognised in the US, and 60 in Britain.
A group of rabbits is called a nest or colony.
A rabbit’s front paws have five toes, but their hind feet only have four.
Most four-legged animals have pads on their paws – rabbits are an exception.
Rabbits have excellent eye sight and almost 360 degree vision, with only a small blind spot on their bridge of their nose.
Eating a herbivourous diet, rabbits graze on grass, forbs, and leafy weeds.
Rabbit kits differ to newborn hares as they are born blind and hairless.
Rabbits were domesticated and kept as pets as far back as ancient Rome.
Each year approximately 200 million tonnes of rabbit meat is consumed in countries such as Malta, Italy, Cyprus and France.
The myxomatosis virus has been used since the 1950s in an effort to control the wild rabbit population in Australia, New Zealand, France and the UK.
Some rabbits have become genetical resistant to the virus, however it still kills 50% of those infected – some are even family pets.
Rabbits are seen as symbols of fertility or rebirth.
In mythology, rabbits are often portrayed as tricksters, outwitting enemies with their cunning.
A single rabbit foot is said to bring good luck, with people having carried them since 600 B.C. in Europe.
The rabbit is one of twelve animals represented in the Chinese Zodiac.
The next Year of the Rabbit will be in 2023.
Some of the most well known rabbits in film and literature include Bugs Bunny, the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, and Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit.