Can I have a real rabbit, Mom?

The legend of the Easter rabbit began in Germany many centuries ago

Rabbits make great pets and can certainly charm children with their long ears and twitching noses. They also know how to win the hearts of parents with their intelligence, calmness, and affection. Did you know that there are about one hundred distinct species of domestic rabbits? The lop-eared rabbit is one of the better known ones and is easily distinguished by its long floppy ears and fluffy coat.

Adopting a rabbit, however, is a big decision to make. Even though these little creatures tend to be fragile, they can live for up to six or eight years in captivity. That is why it is important for all family members to agree to its presence in the home. Starting off with a young rabbit is a good idea, as it is less likely to feel stressed when in contact with human beings and will adapt more quickly to a new environment.

Rabbits can share a home with other family pets, although cats and dogs can be major sources of stress for them. You should perhaps check their compatibility before making any decisions.

 

The Easter rabbit

The legend of the Easter rabbit began in Germany many centuries ago. A woman who could not afford to give treats to her children decided to decorate some eggs and hide them in the garden. In the morning, when the children woke, they saw a rabbit near the eggs; thus was born the Easter rabbit and the ever-popular Easter egg hunt.