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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: