Rabbit Facts

By: on March 4, 2008

Apropos of RabbitMQ

  • In Native American Ojibwe mythology, Nanabozho, or Great Rabbit, is an
    important deity related to the creation of the world
  • The term kit or kitten has been used to refer to a young rabbit. A group of young rabbits is referred to as a kindle
  • Varron (116 to 27 BC) suggested that rabbits be kept in leporaria, stone-walled pens or parks
  • The physiology of the rabbit digestive system is such that they are not able to vomit
  • The Greek for rabbit is Lago, while the Latin is cuniculus
  • In Central Africa Kalulu the rabbit is widely known as a tricky character, getting the better of bargains
  • Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae, of the order Lagomorpha. There are many species of rabbit, and these, along with cottontails, pikas, and hares, make up the order Lagomorpha
  • The smallest rabbit is the pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis)
  • The only auditory signal known for most species is a loud foot thump made to indicate alarm or aggression. Notable exceptions are the Amami rabbit and the Volcano rabbit of Mexico, which both utter a variety of calls
  • A male rabbit is a buck
  • Newborn rabbits are naked, blind, and helpless at birth (altricial)
  • Breeding rabbits for meat is called cuniculture
  • In Aztec mythology, a pantheon of four hundred rabbit gods known as Centzon Totochtin, led by Ometotchtli or Two Rabbit, represented fertility, parties, and drunkenness
  • Their urine, being high in nitrogen, makes lemon trees very productive
  • The Romans ate newborn rabbits, which they called laurices


  1. mik says:

    The Latin form ‘cuniculus’ is the origin of a certain word in English, that also has two other synonyms derived from names of small furry creatures.

    Some derelict iron age hillforts were used to farm rabbits in the medieval period, hence the name of ‘Coney’s Castle’ in Dorset

  2. Rabbit differs in only one character (and in the correct pronunciation, only one consonant) from the word Rabbi. Curiously, though, rabbits aren’t kosher.

  3. Ciaran says:

    Facts you have overlooked: a) Rabbits live in warrens and are cutely referred to as bunnies. b) Our friendly* neighbouring farmer fills their warrens with propane, ignites it and blows the bunnies into the middle of next week.

    *unless you’re a rabbit

  4. Igor Clark says:

    Is there anywhere in London which serves laurices?

    I think there’s a niche there, if not

  5. sagebrush says:

    The smallest rabbit in the world, the pygmy rabbit, that inhabits old growth sagebrush in the American West, is plummeitng due to the adverse effects of welfare livestock grazing on public lands … A one pund rabbit vs. a 1000 pound bovine …

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