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Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world. There are seven different genera in the family classified as rabbits, including the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), cottontail rabbits (genus Sylvilagus; 13 species), and the Amami rabbit (Pentalagus furnessi, an endangered species on Amami Ōshima, Japan). There are many other species of rabbit, and these, along with pikas and hares, make up the order Lagomorpha.

A house rabbit is a domestic rabbit kept as a pet for companionship, who lives inside the home with his owners. House rabbits usually have an indoor pen and a rabbit-safe place to run and exercise, such as a living or family room. They are easily trained to use a litter box and can learn to come when called.

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Br'er Rabbit

Br'er Rabbit ("Brother Rabbit") is a central figure in the Uncle Remus stories of the Southern United States written down by Joel Chandler Harris. Br'er Rabbit is a trickster who succeeds by his wits rather than by brawn. The Br'er Rabbit stories can be traced back to trickster figures in Africa, particularly the hare that figures prominently in the storytelling traditions in West, Central, and Southern Africa. The 1946 Disney film Song of the South is a frame story based on two Br'er Rabbit stories, "The Laughing Place" and "The Tar Baby". He also has a cameo appearance in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

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Holland Lop
Holland Lops are a breed of rabbit originating in the Netherlands. The breed was recognized by the Netherlands' Governing Rabbit Council in 1964 and the American Rabbit Breeders' Association in 1979. They are popular house pets, known for their sweet temperament and non-aggressive behavior. The breed ties as the smallest breed of the lop-eared rabbits with the American Fuzzy Lop with an ideal weight of 3.0 - 4.0 lbs (1.6 kg) for showing in American Rabbit Breeders' Association sanctioned shows. The most common fur colors are tortoise shell, broken tortoise shell, broken black and black, broken orange, and white.

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James Stewart, referring to his 1950 film Harvey

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Reversible figure optical illusion — is it a duck or a rabbit? ...or a duck? ...or a rabbit?
The rabbit–duck illusion is an ambiguous image first published in the German humor magazine Fliegende Blätter in 1892. It can either be interpreted as the head of a duck (facing left) or a rabbit (facing right). Joseph Jastrow (1863–1944), an American psychologist, noted for inventions in experimental psychology, design of experiments, and psycho-physics, popularized this image and was once considered its creator. The German Fraktur text reads Welche Thiere gleichen einander am meisten? ("Which two animals look most alike?")—Kaninchen und Ente. ("Rabbit and duck.")


Did you know…

  • … that a female rabbit is called a doe?
  • … that rabbits can start breeding at an age of about 3 to 4 months?
  • … that hares sleep during the day and are active at night?

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