Hares are precocial; meaning they are born in an advanced state and able to feed themselves almost immediately. Hares are born above ground, furry and open-eyed, and cared for in the open. Less than five minutes after birth they are able to hop and can leave the nest almost immediately. Hares on average grow larger than rabbits and have longer legs, feet, and ears.
|Cave paintings in Le Gavbillou, France includes rabbits|
A recent study has shown that during the last ice age (40,000-10,000 years ago), early modern humans and the last of the Neanderthals may have survived on diets made up largely of rabbit.
|The Tinner's Rabbits|
Although its meaning is unknown, it is thought to have symbolic or mystical associations. It appears in diverse locations across
The earliest occurrences appear to be in Buddhist cave temples in
These ancient pagan tradition survived and are continued today in the modern secular form as the Easter bunny.
“The Madonna with the rabbit”; a painting done by Titian in 1530 shows the Virgin Mary holding a pure white rabbit.
Boudicca the Celtic warrior queen was said to have released a hare as a good omen before each battle and to divine the outcome of battle by the hare's movements. She took a hare into battle with her to ensure victory and it was said to have screamed like a woman from beneath her cloak.
|Boudicca, The Celtic Warrior Queen|
|Roman hare hunting mosaic, Roman Art Civic Museum, Italy|
The Romans caught, sold, traded and ate them, but they were not responsible for the deliberate domestication of rabbits.
In more modern times, Neapolitan, Beatrix Potter and even Clint Eastwood had pet rabbits.
My previous rabbit blog post:How I Got Started Breeding Rabbits
In my life, I have had a general understanding of rabbits as pets and as an animal in general, but upon more research, I found that rabbits were far more deeply seeded and intertwined with humans and cultures all around the world than I realized. I am of Irish and German descent and a little Cherokee Indian, so my very own ancestors probably worshiped Gods who were strongly associated with rabbits. I love my rabbits, but now I have a profound respect for them.
My next blog post: Breeds I Chose and Why; My Rabbit Journal
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Alexis Elizabeth Lynch
Writer. Naturalist. Bee Keeper, Rabbit Breeder,
Aries. Bookworm. D&D and Xbox gamer.