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The Things You May Not Know about Rabbits

Taing Rinith / Khmer Times Share:
You cannot feed only carrots to your rabbit. GT2/Taing Rinith

Do you know baby rabbits are called “kittens”? Don’t be upset if you don’t because it could be one of the many things you may not know about your long-eared buddies.

Very Intelligent and Social

In Khmer folktales, rabbits are usually associated with intelligence, usually playing the roles of wise judges who save the innocent from villains or tricksters who use their brain to defeat brawn. Well, they may not be that clever in real life, but still they are pretty smart. They can learn words, phrases and commands in a short period of time through repetition. They are also very social animals who display affection, jealousy, anger, happiness, sadness, fear, dominance, satisfaction, boredom and so on.

Fifty Breeds

The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) officially recognizes 50 unique breeds, some of which are created through natural selection or selective breeding for specific characteristics, including size, fur (length, quality, or colour), feed conversion ratio, climate adaptability, or temperament. Netherland Dwarf is the smallest breed while Flemish Giant is the largest breed.

Natural Cleanness

If you are raising a rabbit, you don’t have to bathe it because they do a good job keeping themselves clean and only need help when they are sick. Still, you need to keep your rabbit healthy and in a clean waste-free living space.

Eating Their Own Poops

Don’t be concerned if your pet eats its own poop. In fact, it is a normal and healthy behaviour. Their faeces are called cecotropes, or “night faeces”, which are produced through fermentation of food in the rabbit’s digestive tract called the cecum.

More than Carrots

Bugs Bunny and other animated bunnies are almost always chewing on carrots, but actually, too many carrots are not good for them since they are full of sugar. The rabbits’ main food is actually hay. This keeps their teeth, which are constantly growing, filed and blunt. It also makes their tummies healthy.

Not a Zodiac Sign in Vietnam

Rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese and Khmer Zodiac which runs on a 12-year cycle. However, in the Vietnamese zodiac, rabbit is replaced with cat. So if you are born in the year of the Rabbit, it means you are also born in the year of the Cat. Don’t worry; both are adorable!

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