What Are Some Rabbit Facts Appropriate for Kids?

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A rabbit's large eyes on either side of its head allow it to see with nearly 360-degree vision to spot food, predators or other rabbits. A wild rabbit habitat is called a warren, a system of interconnected tunnels that is home to many different rabbit families and individuals.

Rabbits, both in the wild and in captivity, display an unusual behavior called "binkying." When a rabbit binkys, it leaps into the air and may twist or contort its body mid-flight. Two or more rabbits can engage in collective binkying, where they repeatedly leap over one another. This behavior is an expression of joy or happiness by the rabbits.

Rabbits have extremely strong hind leg muscles that allow them to escape from predators. A typical wild rabbit can run to a top speed of about 25 miles per hour, while the jackrabbit can reach speeds of nearly 45 miles per hour. Rabbits also use their strong legs when jumping. An average rabbit can jump nearly 3 feet high and almost 10 feet long. Rabbits use their legs to warn of predators as well, thumping their back feet on the ground after spotting a threat.

While they are sometimes skittish around people and pets, rabbits are actually very social amongst themselves. In fact, a rabbit kept in captivity can experience psychological distress if it does not receive enough attention from other rabbits or gentle human substitutes.