Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rabbits Vs. Hares

Though most people know him as the Easter bunny, this traditional originate with a hare. In the 18th century, German immigrants in Pennsylvania Dutch country began telling their children stories of the “Osterhas” or “Oschter Haws”, who would bring good children colored eggs as Easter gifts. In this case, “has” means “hare”.
Left: Hares, Right: Rabbits
So what’s the difference between a rabbit/bunny and a hare, you ask? Well, for starters, rabbits live underground in burrows and live in groups. Hares live in above ground nests, usually on their own.

Hares are generally bigger in size than rabbits, and have longer ears. Hares are also very fast-moving. And while rabbits have become common domesticated pets in America, hares are usually wild.

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