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10 interesting facts about rabbits

If you haven't owned a rabbit before, you may not know that these beautiful, endearing creatures are highly intelligent with big personalities! 

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1 Rabbits can be easily housetrained to use a litter tray! It is easier to housetrain a desexed rabbit. Rabbits have good memories and get to know where everything is in their territory.
2 Rabbits are crepuscular which means they snooze all day and are most active in the early morning and in the evening. This makes them the perfect pet for working people!
3 Rabbits are very clean animals who groom themselves and their bonded partner, from head to toe around fie times a day! This means you rarely need to give them a bath.
4 Rabbits have good night vision and can see movement from long distances. They can see things to the side, behind or above them without even moving their heads.
5 Rabbits recognise their owners by shape, smell and voice. Domestic rabbits normally live around eight to ten years but can live up to fifteen years!
6 In the wild, rabbits live in large groups of burrows called warrens. One single warren in Europe had 450 rabbits and 2000 entrances! They are social animals so should always be kept in desexed male and female pairs.
7 When a rabbit is very happy, it expresses its joy by jumping up into the air, twisting and flicking its feet and head. This movement is known as a binky!
8 Rabbits chew 120 times a minute and like to pick their favourite foods. A clean, fresh pasture / oaten hay should make up about 80% of their diet with plenty of fresh leafy green vegetables and grass. Occasional treats are chopped fruit, carrots, sultanas and sprouted birdseed.
9 Rabbits use their long ears to pick up sounds from every direction and can hear in two directions at once! Rabbits use the large surface area of their ears to help regulate body temperature.
10 Rabbits are very playful, they love to toss toys around and some even learn to play fetch! Rabbits must get at least four hours of exercise per day to prevent boredom and more importantly osteoporosis.

If you are looking for a pet to adopt, but have not considered a rabbit before, we would love for you to visit one of our RSPCA Adoption Centres to meet our gorgeous bunnies looking for a new home. You will be sure to experience first hand just how lovable rabbits truly are.

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