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2008-12-19 12:43:05

Sixty-nine rabbits are up for adoption after being rescued from an abandoned apartment in Illinois, officials said. DuPage County Animal Care and Control officials said the animals were removed from the apartment because of health concerns, the Naperville (Ill.) Sun said Friday. The officials did not offer other details on the removal of the rabbits. The cost to adopt one of the rabbits is $15. Each animal will either be spayed or neutered upon adoption. DCACC officials say potential adoptive...

2008-06-24 02:29:54

On October 7, Warner Home Video will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic fantasy film favorite with the DVD debut of Watership Down Deluxe Edition. Adapted from British author Richard Adam's first and best-selling novel, Watership Down, set near Adams' boyhood home of Hampshire, England, is based on stories the author would tell his children to pass the time on family trips. Never out of print, the novel was declared by Penguin Books in 1985 to be their second best-selling novel of...

2008-03-24 01:56:49

Just in time for Easter, the oldest rabbit relation is bounding onto the scientific scene. Tiny foot bones from a 53 million-year-old rabbit ancestor represent the oldest known record of hippity-hoppity mammals and their closest evolutionary relations, according to a new study. The ankle and heel bones were discovered in a coal mine in Gujarat, in west-central India, and recently found by a team of paleontologists to belong to the Lagomorpha, a classification of mammals that...

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2008-03-20 00:20:00

One day last spring, fossil hunter and anatomy professor Kenneth Rose, Ph.D. was displaying the bones of a jackrabbit's foot as part of a seminar at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine when something about the shape of the bones looked oddly familiar.That unanticipated eureka moment has led researchers at the school to the discovery of the oldest known record of rabbits. The fossil evidence in hand, found in west-central India, predates the oldest previously known rabbits by...

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2008-02-14 13:45:00

A new study by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society found that jack rabbits living in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have apparently hopped into oblivion. The study, which appears in the latest issue of the journal Oryx, also speculates that the disappearance of jack rabbits may be having region-wide impacts on a variety of other prey species and their predators. According to the study, historical records from more than 130 years ago indicate that white-tailed jack rabbits...

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2008-01-09 15:55:00

As of Tuesday, the smallest rabbit in North America is being considered for endangered species protection by the federal government. Adult pygmy rabbits are under a foot long and weigh anywhere from half a pound to a little over a pound. In 2003 these rabbits were listed in eastern Washington as endangered, and the current study conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will determine if they are to be listed in California, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. In 2005 a...

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2007-06-14 16:45:00

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The only surviving pair of endangered pygmy rabbits released as part of a program to increase their numbers in the wild have dodged coyotes, badgers, hawks and owls to find time for love, proud scientists said Thursday in announcing the rabbits have successfully bred. "We were worried. It took them a little while, but they did what rabbits do best," Rod Sayler, a Washington State University conservation biologist, said from Pullman. Predators nearly wiped out the population...

2007-03-14 20:06:04

EPHRATA, Wash. -- The Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit is finally back in its old stomping grounds, munching olive-drab sagebrush and hopefully doing what rabbits do best. Twenty of the creatures - each not much bigger than a man's hand - were set free Tuesday in a remote wildlife reserve, an attempt to jump-start their population in central Washington state. The rabbits were born and raised at Washington State University and at the Portland Zoo in Oregon. They are descendants of the last known...

2006-06-09 13:30:00

By Jerry Bieszk CHICAGO (Reuters) - An unusual number of dead jack rabbits in Texas has authorities concerned that so-called rabbit fever, or tularemia, could be making a comeback. The bacterial disease can infect humans but is rarely fatal. The latest case was confirmed recently in an area near Rick Husband International Airport in Amarillo, Texas, according to Amarillo Bi-City-County Health District officials. Although no human cases have been reported from the most recent outbreak, there...

2006-04-17 16:49:33

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The numbers of New England cottontail rabbits are on the decline in Maine, with only 300 of the animals remaining in a small range in the southern end of the state. Efforts are under way to increase their numbers by preserving habitat where they live. The numbers have fallen as development pressures have claimed shrub-filled farm fields where the rabbits live. The state and conservationists are working on plan to preserve spots where the rabbits still live and restore...


Latest Rabbit Reference Libraries

Alaskan Hare, Lepus othus
2014-05-19 10:40:26

The Alaskan hare (Lepus othus), or the tundra hare, can be found on the Alaskan Peninsula and in western areas of Alaska. This species prefers to reside in rocky areas in their tundra habitat, resting in open areas rather than in burrows. It is most closely related to the mountain hare and the Arctic hare. Members of this species reach an average weight between 1.6 and 2.2 feet, with hind feet that reach a length of 7.9 inches. The hind feet are thought to help the hares move quickly and...

Appalachian Cottontail, Sylvilagus obscurus
2014-04-29 10:48:26

The Appalachian cottontail (Sylvilagus obscurus) is a species of cottontail rabbit that can be found in eastern areas of the United States. It prefers to reside in upland, mountainous areas at elevations between 2,001 and 2,500 feet. Its range extends from New York to South Carolina, where it resides in a number of vegetation species including greenbriar, blackberry, and mountain laurel plants. This species was recognized as distinct from the New England cottontail in 1992. The Appalachian...

Volcano Rabbit, Romerolagus diazi
2014-04-25 10:20:30

The volcano rabbit (Romerolagus diazi), known locally as zacatuche or teporingom, is a species of rabbit that can be found in Mexico. This species resides near four volcanoes within its range, including El Pelado, but its range is limited to only sixteen small areas. The majority of individuals reside at higher elevations grasslands or in pine and alder forests. The volcano rabbit reaches an average weight of up to 1.3 pounds and is the second smallest species of rabbit next to the pygmy...

Chinese Hare, Lepus sinensis
2014-04-25 10:15:41

The Chinese hare (Lepus sinensis) is a species of hare that can be found in Vietnam, China, and Taiwan. Its range includes the Chinese provinces of Anhui, Hunan, and Zhejiang. This species was first described in 1832 by John Edward Gray and was once thought to hold a subspecies known as the Korean hare, but this was later found to be a distinct species. The Chinese hare reaches an average body length between 16 and 30 inches and a weight of up to 4.3 pounds, with females growing...

Tapeti, Sylvilagus brasiliensis
2012-07-05 09:48:08

The tapeti (Sylvilagus brasiliensis) is a species of cottontail rabbit that can be found in Central and North America. Its other common names include the forest rabbit and the Brazilian rabbit. It is the only species in the Leporidae family found in the majority of its range. The tapeti is nocturnal and is a solitary creature. It can be seen foraging for browse and grass in forested regions, in human populated areas such as gardens and plantations, and near swamps and riverbeds. The tapeti...

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