By Platts Pets

10 Fun Facts About Rabbits You Probably Didn't Know!

Prepare to dive down the rabbit hole as you uncover some interesting facts about rabbits that you probably didn't know!

From their secret language to their Guinness-worthy achievements, these rabbit facts are bound to impress.

Read our facts about rabbits below...

1. Rabbit's teeth never stop growing!

One of the most fascinating rabbit fact on our list is about their dental physiology - their teeth never stop growing!

Unlike our teeth, which reach a certain size and then stop growing, rabbit teeth are continually growing throughout their lives. 

To keep their teeth in check, rabbits are constantly chewing on hay, dried apple sticks, bamboo, and other rabbit-safe chewing materials.  

2. They communicate through a secret language.

a group of rabbits

Have you ever wondered what your rabbit is trying to tell you with those subtle movements and sounds?

Interestingly enough, rabbits have their own secret code! From thumping their hind legs to soft purrs and even tooth-grinding, these subtle cues allow them to communicate with each other.

3. Rabbit's ears are the ultimate multitaskers

Our next rabbit fact sheds some light on the intricacies of their biology and behaviour. 

Their ears have a range of functions that are beyond their adorable appearance.

One of the primary functions of rabbit's large ears is to facilitate hearing. They can rotate their ears independently and therefore can detect sounds from various directions. 

4. They are not rodents!

This fact about rabbit may come as a surprise!

Rabbit are rodents is a common misconception, due to history and their superficial similarities to rodents. 

5. Rabbits have almost 360-degree surveillance...

a group of rabbits

That's right, rabbits, like many prey animals, have eyes positioned on the sides of their heads.

This is to provide them with a wide field view, reaching almost 360 degrees to allow them to detect potential predators. 

It's like having built-in panoramic goggles, allowing them to keep an eye on everything happening around them!

6. They 'binky' when they are happy.

A binky is part of a rabbit's complex way of communicating, and by understanding their body language, we can ensure that our bunnies are living happy and healthy lives. 

A rabbit performs a 'binky' when they are happy - think of it like a happy dance, akin to when dogs experience "zoomies". It's a large jump and twist, showing us that they are full of energy and excitement!

So, next time you see a bunny binkying around, just know that it's not random chaos.

7. Rabbits are the life of the paw-ty!

Rabbits are very social creatures, relishing the company of humans and fellow rabbits alike. Interestingly, they can usually recognise their owners by sight and sound. 

If you already own a rabbit or considering adoption, it is recommended that you have at least two. Nevertheless, if you do not have the space for multiple pets, you can become your rabbit companion.

8. There are around 1.5 million pet rabbits in the UK. 

a group of sociable rabbits being fed

According to Statista, there are approximately 1.5 million rabbits kept as pets in the UK.  

Rabbits can be found throughout the UK, being absent only from the small Scottish islands.

9. A rabbit from Sussex has made the Guinness Book of Records!

A rabbit called Ralph secured a place in the Guinness Book of Records for being the world's largest rabbit. 

Ralph is a Continental Giant Darius and weighed a whopping 55 pounds when he claimed this prestigious title! 

10. Rabbits are grooming gurus! 

Concluding our list of facts about rabbits is the fact that they love to be clean and typically spend a significant portion of their day grooming themselves.

In group settings, they exhibit affection by grooming each other, and the rabbit receiving the most grooming often assumes the role of the boss.

Despite their adept grooming skills, rabbits need assistance from their owners. Some rabbits require brushing more than once a day to prevent excessive fur ingestion or matting.

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