Easter Sunday seems just about the right time to offer readers a bunny gallery. These adorable, swift little mammals make it hard to look away. So enjoy this collection of long- and floppy-eared cuteness.
A handful of baby bunnies! We're focusing on smaller rabbits today, but larger species can top out at some 20 inches long and weigh about 4 pounds.
"Hop, be free!" Sometimes a bunny needs a nudge.
Rabbits don't eat meat but they find plenty of other things to munch upon -- various grasses, lettuce, leafy weeds, and other plants.
Discernible in this cute ball of white are five cross lop/rex bunnies. Their attempt to form a perfect circle was laudable, if a bit geometrically flawed.
This bunny is trying to become a stealth bunny -- "maybe they won't see me ..."
Rabbits are generally fleet of foot, because they have to be. Cottontails will run in a zigzag fashion -- at up to 18 miles per hour -- when trying to evade a predator.
If ever a bunny could strike an "Oh, bother" pose, this might be it.
A peep chick and a bunny -- the best of Easter friends.
Rabbits were originally classified as rodents, but in 1912 their dignity was restored when they joined the "lagomorphs" order, which doesn't sound like a cool name either but is still a hair (or hare) better than rodent.
"Now, I'm telling you, we're gonna get used to these ears. Just give it awhile." A bunny advises his new siblings.
A rabbit's ears can be more than 4 inches long.
Rabbit litters range from about 4 to 12 babies. Male rabbits can start making their own babies as early as 7 months after birth, and females can bear children within 4 months.
Rabbits will sometimes eat their own excrement, just in case they did not get all of the nutrients the first time around. Hey, a bunny's got to do what a bunny's got to do.
It's not all fun and Easter eggs for most rabbits in the wild. As a prey animal, they have to be on constant lookout. For this reason, they have eyes that can see almost 360 degrees around them, and they're keen observers of threats from overhead.