Zoology & Botany

Rabbit

Prepare a picture of/book about/a toy Rabbit in advance

Say: Look at this animal. (Show a picture of Rabbit.) This animal is called rabbit. This is a mammal.

Remember, to be classified as a mammal, an animal should have hair or fur, mammary glands (mammal mothers nurse their young with milk), lungs and need air to breathe. Mammals that live on land are warm blooded, have 4 legs and ears that stick out.

The body of a rabbit is covered with fur.

All rabbits have fur, short tails, long ears, short legs and wide feet.

Remember, all animals move! Fore and hind legs help them move and burrow. Let’s burrow like a rabbit!

Let’s find its mouth, fur, legs, tail and whiskers.

It’s fur plays an important role. The fur is most commonly long and soft. Arctic rabbits have a whitish fur color to camouflage themselves during winter, but in autumn the color changes to brown or reddish to mingle with the surroundings. European rabbits have a color similar to the shades of the ground too.

Although rabbits build nests, after initial preparation, they will not sit in their nests. They also do not stay on or by the nests after the babies are born. This would attract the attention of predators. The babies burrow to the bottom of the nest where they remain hidden until Mamma Rabbit wakes them up at mealtime.

Look at the body of rabbit. Depending on the species rabbits can have shades of brown, gray, and buff. The face has whiskers. Rabbits have whiskers because the whiskers help them measure the breadth of holes and passageways. Their whiskers typically are the same length as the width of their bodies.

Rabbits have teeth that are specialized for gnawing; they have single upper teeth that grow throughout their lives. It is a part of the body the rabbit eats with.

Look at those legs! They have large, powerful hind legs that help them hop at a fast rate when they are at risk from predators. Their claws are strong and are used for digging. Rabbit paws lack pads.

Remember that rabbits are living things. They need energy to live. They feed primarily on herbs, peas, grasses, clover, lettuce and greens during warm months and twigs, bark and bud during cold months. They are herbivorous. It means they eat only plant-based food.

Mama-rabbit also known as doe lays kittens. Usually they have 3-8 kittens. Rabbits are born with their eyes closed and without fur. Around 10 to 11 days after the birth, the baby rabbit's eyes open.

That’s why mamas take a very good care of the little ones. They provide food and make sure their environment is safe.

Rabbits have long ears that provide them strong hearing to hear nearby predators.

Rabbit’s habitats include meadows, woods, forests, grasslands, deserts and wetlands. Rabbits live in groups. More than half of the world’s rabbits live in North America.

Domestic rabbits can be kept as pets in a back yard hutch or indoors in a cage or house. These animals can be trained to have free roam.

We need to take care of Rabbits and treat them with respect because they are living things just like us, people.

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