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A European Rabbit in Tasmania

Rabbits are a serious mammalian pest in Australia and an invasive species. Annually, European rabbits cause millions of dollars of damage to crops. Since their introduction from Europe in 1859, the effect of rabbits on the ecology of Australia has been devastating. Rabbits are suspected of being the most significant known factor in species loss in Australia. The loss of plant species is unknown at this time. Rabbits often kill young trees in orchards, forests and on properties by ringbarking them.

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Rabbit (named Mopsy) sharing an apple with his owner

The House Rabbit Society (HRS) is a non-profit organization based in Richmond, California that rescues and adopts rabbits and educates the community on how to properly care for them. HRS tries to promote responsible rabbit ownership, including the spaying and neutering of all pet rabbits, and proper veterinary care, diet, and exercise. They also advocate the position that pet rabbits should be kept indoors as house rabbits, because they argue that house rabbits live longer, healthier, fuller lives and suffer fewer accidents and health problems.

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A woman and her rabbit

The British Rabbit Council (BRC) is a British showing organization for rabbit breeders. Originally founded as The Beveren Club in 1918, its name first changed to British Fur Rabbit Society and finally to The British Rabbit Society. Today, the BRC among other things investigates rabbit diseases, maintains a catalog of rabbit breeds, and sets rules for about 1,000 rabbit shows annually in the UK. Owners of house rabbits are also encouraged to join the organization to learn how to care optimally for their pets.

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The aggressive rabbit swimming away from the President, captured on footage taken by a White House photographer

The Jimmy Carter rabbit incident, dubbed the "killer rabbit" attack by the media, involved a swamp rabbit furiously trying to board then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter's fishing boat on April 20, 1979. Press Secretary Jody Powell mentioned the event to Associated Press correspondent Brooks Jackson on August 28, 1979, who filed the story with the wire service the following day. The story "President Attacked by Rabbit" was carried across the front page of The Washington Post, though the White House's refusal to release the photograph resulted in the newspaper using a cartoon parody of the Jaws poster labeled "PAWS" as its illustration.

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Desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii) in Anza Borrego State Park

Cottontail rabbits are among the 16 lagomorph species in the genus Sylvilagus. The genus is widely distributed across North America, Central America, and northern and central South America. In appearance most cottontail rabbits closely resemble the wild European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Most members of the genus have a stub tail with a white underside that shows when they are retreating, giving them their name "cottontails." Cottontail rabbits have also proven more resistant to myxomatosis than European rabbits.

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Rabbit jumping over a fence at a competition

Rabbit show jumping is a competition in which trained domestic rabbits leap over appropriately-sized obstacles. The activity began in the late 1970s in Sweden and was popularized in the United Kingdom following an appearance on the TV show That's Life!. Trainers and devotees can win titles and awards during events sponsored by groups such as the U.S. Rabbit Agility Association, Rabbithopping-USA, the American Association of Sporting Events for Rabbits, 4-H Club fairs, and other venues.

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Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus)

The black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus), also known as the American desert hare, is a common hare of the western United States and Mexico, where it is found at elevations from sea level to up to 10,000 feet (3,000 m). Reaching a length of about 2 feet (61 cm) and a weight from 3 to 6 pounds (1.4 to 2.7 kg), the black-tailed jackrabbit is the third largest North American hare, after the antelope jackrabbit and the white-tailed jackrabbit. Like other jackrabbits, the blacktail has distinctive long ears and the long, powerful rear legs characteristic of hares. Young are born fully furred with eyes open; they are well camouflaged and are mobile within minutes of birth.

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Still life by Johann Georg Seitz

Rabbits and hares in art have variable mythological and artistic meanings in different cultures. The hare is often associated with moon deities and signifies rebirth and resurrection. It is a symbol of fertility and sensuality, and appears in depictions of hunting and spring scenes in the Labours of the Months. Joseph Beuys, who always found a place for a rabbit in his works, saw it as symbolizing resurrection. The Welsh sculptor Barry Flanagan was best known for his energetic bronzes of hares which he produced throughout his career.

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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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