Today, there are more than 50 different breeds of rabbit, and this number continues to increase as the selective breeding of pet rabbits becomes more popular. They have fluffy short tails, whiskers and distinctive long ears that can grow up to 10cms in length. Stretching their ears out allows rabbits to hear approaching predators better. Their ears also enable them to stay cool in hot climates as extra body heat is released through blood vessels.
Wild rabbits create their own homes by tunnelling into the ground. These tunnel systems are called warrens and include rooms for nesting and sleeping. They also have multiple entrances for quick escape.
Rabbits are well known for their quick and successful breeding with the average gestation period being just over a month and the female then giving birth to an average of six babies.
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