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Hare vs Rabbit


Good morning from Gullringstorp. I recently posted some photos of a cute little furry animal sitting in our hedges. It was a Swedish hare. I had one of my followers ask a very good question; what’s the difference between a hare, rabbit or bunny?

First off my photo was a hare. In Sweden we only have wild hare and not rabbits. Although now that rabbits have become popular pets with children, especially in the countryside, there have been some that have escaped their hutches and are now trying to survive in the wild.

Here are just a few of the differences between a Hare and a Rabbit:

Hares are not domesticated animals and can never be so

Rabbits are domesticated animals

Hares are born with fur and can see right away and fend for themselves right from the beginning

Rabbits are born hairless and blind and cannot fend for themselves at that stage

Hares have very tall erect ears

Rabbits have much shorter ears and can even have floppy ears

Hares are sometimes known as Jack Rabbits

Rabbits are sometimes known as bunnies

Hares have quite long and very strong hind legs

Rabbits have much shorter hind legs that are nowhere near as strong

Hares eat hard foods such as bark and twigs

Rabbits eat soft food such as grass and vegetables

A young hare is called a leveret

A young rabbit is called a kitten or kit and later a bunny

Here is a beautiful video of a Brown Hare:

In this next video you can see a rabbit and a hare play together:

2 responses

  1. Thaks so much for sharing that I had a rabbit growing up and he used to give a little shake of his body and tear around our rec room he was so cute I had named him thumper from the movie bambi. When we boutght this farm a we met a family that was splitting up and the boy was not only loosing his dad but he was loosing his pet rabbit because his dad was moving out west and his mother would not take it in. Jim and I talked about it and we told the boy that he could bring the rabbit to our farm to live that way he could come and visit anytime. The rabbits name was Honnie Bunny and he lived an incredible 16 years. He lived in our grain room and numerous barn cats came in and slept with him at night. He has been gone four years now but the night he died we new he would not make the morning but I will never forget how buster one of our cats went into his pen and wrapped himself around the rabbit and stayed with him untill he passed away. I am always blown away by the compassion animals show for one another even if they are not from the same species. Its amazing. I so enjoy your website

    February 21, 2013 at 20:43

    • Hej from Sweden !
      Oh thank you for sharing your rabbit stories.Wow Honnie Bunny did live an incredibly long life. I am glad you had Honnie Bunny so long. What a animal love story. How kind your barn cats were to comfort Honnie Bunny in the last hours. It is amazing the compassion that animals show each other. Why didn’t that carry over to our species?

      February 26, 2013 at 12:49

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