October is looking a little more full than even we expected. Just as we wind down from this year’s massive Sydney Fringe events, we wind right back up to do it all again. Here is your cheat sheet so far for more information.
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After a fittingly Royal Ale on offer earlier this month, we have an equally appropriate drink coming up, one that will get you bouncing into the gallery. Being the year of the rabbit and with a bunny related show on the way in October, we thought that it was a good idea to introduce you all to Badger’s Hopping Hare, a beer that is ‘bound to satisfy’. It got us researching the difference between rabbits and hares and we found that the only real difference was that hares come into the world with their eyes wide open, live above the ground and are generally a little more robust. We like them!
■Hares are generally larger and faster than rabbits.
■Hares have longer ears and larger feet than rabbits.
■Hares have black markings on their fur.
■Rabbits are altricial i.e. they having young that are born blind and hairless. In contrast, hares are generally born with hair and are able to see (precocial). Young hares are therefore able to fend for themselves very quickly after birth.
■A young hare is called a leveret and a young rabbit is called a kitten, kit, or, least correct but very commonly, a bunny.
■Hares have very long and strong hind legs, more so than rabbits.
■Rabbits and hares both molt and then grow new hair. This happens in both the spring and in the fall. Rabbits’ brown summer fur is replaced with fur that is more grey. Hares, especially those living in cold, snowy regions, turn white in the winter.
■Hunters say that hare has a much stronger, gamier flavor than rabbit (which actually does taste like a milder version of chicken).
■Both rabbits and hares have short tails.
Comparison of Lifestyle and Behavior
■Hares have not been domesticated, while rabbits are often kept as house pets.
■All rabbits (except the cottontail rabbit) live underground in burrows or warrens, while hares live in simple nests above the ground (as does the cottontail rabbit). Rabbits also have their litters underground. Hares rely on running rather than burrowing for protection.
■Rabbits are very social animals; they live in colonies. Male rabbits even fight within a group to become the dominant male. The dominant male rabbit then mates with most of the females in the area. In opposite, hares live most of the time by themselves. They come together in pairs for mating only. There is almost no fighting among hares – they just pair off.
■Rabbits prefer soft stems, grass or vegetables; hares eat more hard food: bark and rind, buds, small twigs and shoots.
■Both rabbits and hares breed prolifically, bearing four to eight litters each year.
■A litter of rabbits generally has three to eight young. They have a gestation period of about a month, are sexually mature in about six months, and live in the wild for about six years.
■Although rabbits and hares are valued as game by hunters both for their food and fur, they are also pests to farmers and gardeners. They can destroy crops and trees.
■The Jackrabbit is actually a hare.
■Rabbit’s eyes are positioned on the sides, so they can cover larger areas. Rabbits can see behind them without turning their heads.
■A male rabbit is called a buck, a female – a doe, babies – kittens.
■Rabbit’s eyes remain black when reflecting a bright light. In comparison human eyes appear red, cats and dogs – green, and deer eyes turn orange).
Read more: Hare vs Rabbit – Difference and Comparison