Classification Kingdom – Animalia Phylum – Chordata Class – Mammalia Order – Lagomorpha Once classified as rodents, but rabbits have 4 upper incisor teeth. Family – Leporidae (includes rabbits and hares)
History Fossil remains show that rabbits have not changed in 30-37 MY. European Wild Rabbit – ancestor of all domestic rabbits Domesticated by French monks from Middle Ages.
History Difference bwt Hares & Rabbits– Hares are larger than rabbits Hares have longer black-tipped ears, Hares don’t build nests, Hares young are born with fur and with eyes open
Which one is the hare and which one is the rabbit.
Rabbit found in US American Cottontail – common rabbit of the US.
Economic Importance Hunted for food Pelts for clothing
Uses 1. Meat – high in protein, low in cholesterol, fat and sodium Popular in Europe; not so much in the US, why? 2. Research – produce disease fighting antibodies, study reproduction and research human diseases Rabbit blood best for growing AIDS 1991 – 400,000 rabbits used in research 3. Fur/Wool – used in clothes, toys, hats and gloves 4. Pets – Very clean, gentle and loveable pets