Puff Hopren in Beastronauts is fictional (imaginary), but rabbits certainly aren’t! So let’s learn a little about them:
– Female rabbits are called does, and the males are bucks, just like deer! A group of bunnies is a herd.
– Bunnies are are crepuscular, meaning that they are most active at dawn and dusk.
– Rabbits are often called rodents, like mice and rats, but this isn’t quite correct. They certainly have a lot in common, like teeth and claws that grow throughout their lives and very soft fur. But there are some important differences! Rabbits have 4 long incisor teeth, rather than 2 like a mouse. They’re also herbivores (they eat only plants), unlike rats, which are omnivorous. Rabbits are a part of the same animal family as pikas, and are collectively called lagomorphs.
– Rabbits are fast! Several species can run as fast as 40 miles per hour. (source)
– The words rabbit and hare are used almost interchangeably, but they are slightly different species, mostly having to do with their babies (or kits). Baby rabbits are born blind and furless, while hare kits already have their coats and functional vision. (source)
– When rabbits are very happy, they get what is called binky. Binky is when they jump up into the air and spin around, or wiggle their legs while leaping. You can see a video of a binky bunny here.