Monday, 8 September 2014

In Photos || Oryctolagus Cuniculus [European Rabbit]

I'm always surprised every time my photography posts are so well received. As the last (well first technically) 'In Photos' post did better than expected, I finally got around to going through the abundance of bunny family photos I've taken over the past two months to share in the same style post.


These rabbits are the common rabbit species, known as the European rabbit and are a southwest European native species, most predominantly Spain and Portugal. They can also be found in Morocco and Algeria and obviously have been strongly introduced into other cultures, including Britain, on almost every continent.

Alot of places consider them to be pests, especially because of the rate they breed and the nuisance to the environment that they can cause. The problem is worst in Australia because they lack a substantial amount of natural predators to keep European rabbit numbers under control. (Not factual, but I think they are far too cute to deem a nuisance at all!)



- A female rabbit is known as a Doe, just like the same sex Deer and Goats.
- Similarly, Buck is the term for the male of the species, like Deer and Goats.
- As most people already know, babies and younger rabbits are commonly referred to as bunnies. Although some people use the term bunny to just mean a rabbit in general also. Kit or kitten are other terms for a baby.
- Colony or Nest are the names for a group of rabbits.
- Rabbits live in underground burrows and warrens with usually around 2 - 10 to each colony.



- Their life span ranges from 7 to 9 years.
- (Just like me) they sleep around 8.4 hours a night.
- With an almost 360 degree field of vision, they have great resources to help protect themselves from predators.
- European Rabbits have 28 teeth which continue to grow all through their life, with two sets o incisors, one behind the other. 
- Another '28' fact is that the kits are fully weened at 28 days.
- During the 1950s through to the 1960s wild rabbits were infected with the miximitosis virus on purpose to try and control their numbers.
- When performing the famous rabbit binkies (jumps, hops and twists) they can reach a height of 36inches!



- Reaching sexual maturity at only 4/5 months old, they breed until they are 6 years of age.
- Enviably, their short pregnancies only last on average 31 days.
- Starting the term 'breeding like rabbits', they can produce around 8 litters per year!
- Each litter may consist of as little as 2 bunnies, however females may have up to 12.


And there we are. I decided to include more short, to the point facts this time as I'm sure most people won't be able to concentrate on reading anything much anyways with such cute, fluffy rabbits and bunnies to look at! I have soooo many more photos but it would just be ridiculous to post any more.
I hope you do actually like these posts as I have photographs for a one on Bee's and another on Coastal birds in the future. Let me know what fact you were most surprised by and which photo you like the best in the comments!




26 comments:

  1. Awww I love bunnies soooo much <3 <3 These are so adorable I just want to gather them all up and take them home! I'm so glad you took these photos!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. Thank you! I had an awesome time taking them. Baker and I sat for hours watching them...I'm sure he misses his brother as much as I miss him.
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  2. The bunnies are so cute! How did you photograph them? I see them running around the house sometimes, but whenever you come to close they run off and they are really fast!

    Loved this post.
    xoxo Anne ~ http://lifeasarollingstone.blogspot.com

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    1. Aren't they?! To begin with I would sneek up on them, but as the weeks passed they seemed to recognize my voice if you can believe it! The 4th photo down, where it's standing looking at me, I was talking to her.
      It takes alot of time and patience. haha

      Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!! x

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  3. I like the second (wiuth the corvid) and fifth (with the bramble) photos the best.
    Looking forward to your bee and birds posts :)

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I think the one with the bramble is my favorite too :)
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  4. Love the meerkat pose photo! :) x

    My favourite fact wasn't even about the rabbits but about Goats being Does and Bucks...I always presumed they were ewes and rams like sheep!

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    1. So cute eh?!
      Haha Yes! I know, I assumed the same.

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  5. Awwe bunnies!! How cute!! Love the photos, I think the last one is my favorite :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  6. I love bunnies, they're so cute and you did a fab job of photographing them, the look so precious and adorable x

    Part of Belle's world

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    1. Yey for bunnies! I miss mine so much! Thank you :) x

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  7. I especially like the standing up / meerkat poses the best. Looking fwd to your coastal bird posts. Recently spent some days camping by the sea near salt marshes.Saw a little egret.Made my day.:)

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    1. Thank you!! Oh how fab! Sounds like a lovely time!
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  8. Awww! These photos are amazing! Where did you take these? The second picture is epic, as is the meerkat pose :D will have to take some pics of my rabbit :). Can't wait for the bee post :) xx

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    1. Thank you!!! In Berwick. A field just behind the Jubilee!! :D x

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  9. I love these photos. They are cute, despite being pests haha. I like the fats too! Nothing wrong with a little learning on a Tuesday morning :)
    I think the first photo is my fav!

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    1. Oh no, not pests at all! Only pests I know are spider! ;P
      Thank you! I'm glad you like them :)
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  10. Such amazing photos! As usual. :) I love all the bunnies.

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  11. Oh these photos are adorable and I love the facts too! My favourite is probably the last one! :)

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    1. I like that one too :D
      Thank you very much for reading!!
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  12. I love the pictures. The bunny is sooo cute :D
    http://www.jaseyjade.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you liked them! And yes - way too cute!!
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  13. I love this! I'd love to do some shoots on oarticiluar animals, massive animal lover here :) what a lovely post, the pictures are brilliant. Xxx

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