Dedicated to finding new permanent homes for rescued rabbits!
Ah...... myths....... there are lots of them! Here are a few of our (least) favorites:
Don’t rabbits just sleep, sit, and poop all day?
No, they don’t!Quite the contrary, rabbits are very social animals that enjoy human interaction, playing, sometimes creating mischief, and they can very closely bond with their human as well as with other rabbits.
We also hear that rabbits are "dirty" animals, and this could not be further from the truth. In fact, rabbits rarely - and sometimes never - require baths since they are such consumate groomers.
Another frequent comment is that people already have a dog or cat and they do not think that a rabbit would fit in. While this may be true in some cases (especially with other animals that tend to be on the more agressive side), this sort of blanket statement is not factual. Rabbits can and do co-exist in the same household with dogs and/or cats; however, caution should be used when introducing animals and no animals should be left together that do not get along. Speak to our volunteers or refer to the Reading & Resources or the Websites & Blogs section of this website for more information regarding this subject.
Rodents, we are not!
We also hear quite frequently that rabbits are rodents. Rabbits are, in fact, not rodents - they are lagomorphs.
Nocturnal, smockturnal - can't we please get it right?
The other incorrect piece of information that we hear is that rabbits are nocturnal animals. Again, they are not considered nocturnal - they are crespucular. Crepuscular is a term used to describe animals that are primarily active during twilight, hence at dawn and at dusk. The word is derived from the Latin word crepusculum, meaning "twilight".Crepuscular is thus in contrast with diurnal and nocturnal behavior. Crepuscular animals may also be active on a bright moonlit night. Many animals that are casually described as nocturnal are in fact crepuscular.Within the definition of crepuscular are the terms matutinal (or "matinal") and vespertine, denoting species active in the dawn and dusk respectively.
The patterns of activity are thought to represent a response to selection from predators. Many predators forage most intensely at night, while others are active at mid-day and see best in full sun. Thus the crepuscular habit may reduce predation. Additionally, in hot areas, it may be a way of avoiding thermal stress while capitalizing on available light.
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