What Are Rabbit Babies Called (Interesting Facts)

What Are Rabbit Babies Called
What Are Rabbit Babies Called

Rabbit babies, like all animals, have a specific name. Most people are unfamiliar with that name of a rabbit baby. In fact, repeatedly I get asked what they’re called. So, what are rabbit babies called? Rabbits babies are called kittens or kits. But most people haven’t heard  this term for a baby rabbit. The most popular name for a baby rabbit is a bunny. If you say I have a baby bunny, everyone knows what you’re talking about. But if you say, I have a rabbit kit, more than likely, you’ll get a few confused looks.

Why Are Baby Rabbits Called Bunnies?

Baby rabbits are often called bunnies. Bunny is an affection term used for young rabbits for many years. It was first associated with the Easter Bunny. For years, German children traditionally made little nests of clothing or rags the night before Easter so that Easter hare could lay eggs. Eventually, the word “hare” was replaced with the more cute name, “bunny.”  This isn’t the scientific name for rabbit babies, but a word that most people use.

What’s The Difference Between A Bunny, A Rabbit And A Hare?

Rabbits, bunnies and hares are part of the same scientific family called Leporidae,but they different species. Rabbits and hares are similar in looks-long ears and longer, strong back legs. Typically, hares are bigger than rabbits. Also, hares don’t burrow like rabbits. Instead, they make their nests in grassy areas, deserts or prairies.Baby hares are born with their eyes open, and completely furry. Because of this, hares aren’t as dependent on their mother’s care as baby rabbits are at birth. Baby hares are called leverets. Hares are known for their speed to escape predators. The word “hare” is originally German, “khasan” or Dutch, “hase”. Both languages translate the word as meaning, “gray.”

Of course, bunny is the affectionate name for a rabbit. The word “bunny” originally meant a flop eared animal. The European rabbit was also called a coney, sometimes pronounced “cunny.” This word eventually stopped being used because it was too similar to less desirable word. After awhile the word “cunny” got changed to “bunny.” Today, it’s a popular name for a baby rabbit or and adult rabbit. Sometimes it’s used as an affectionate term for children, too.

What Are Rabbit Babies Called?

Rabbit babies are called kittens or kits. Kits are born with their eyes closed, and completely naked. They are nursed by their mother twice a day, usually in the early morning and evening hours. At about two weeks of age, they begin to nibble on hay and pellets as well as drinking their mother’s milk. Kits can be weaned around 6 to 8 weeks of age. Although some rabbit owners wean before this age, it’s best to wait until the baby is older to ensure that he gets the important gut flora and nutrients from his mother’s milk. At 8 weeks, kits can survive on their own, eating only adult food. Rabbits are sexually mature at 10 weeks of age, so males(bucks) and females(does) need to be separated prior to this age. Rabbits have a short gestation period, just 31 days. That’s why rabbits have a reputation for reproducing quickly, because they do.

What Is A Bunch of Bunnies Called?

Terms can be confusing. Terms associated with rabbits are no different. Here are several terms about a bunch of rabbits.

Colony or nest-A group of rabbits

Group, or litter-A group of rabbits produced from two parents mating

Herd-A group of domestic rabbits living together

Fluffle or colony– A group of wild rabbits

Warren-A group of rabbits living in the same burrow

Why Is A Group Of Rabbits Called A Fluffle?

A fluffle is the term for a group of wild rabbits. It also refers to any creature with a lot of fluffy fur. Rabbits fit the description as having fluffy fur. The fluffle of rabbits live in the same area in underground in holes. A rabbit fluffle lives in fields, wooded areas, grasslands and deserts. Here are some other  facts you might not know about wild rabbits:

  • Wild rabbits have 360 degree vision because their eyes on either side of their heads.
  • Rabbit warrens are extensive networks
  • Wild rabbits run in zig zag way to confuse predators
  • Wild hares chase and box one another.
  • In the desert, wild rabbits “climb” small trees trunks or limbs to get to leaves
  • There are 25 different species of rabbits.
  • Rabbits are found everywhere in the world except Antarctica.
  • Wild rabbits live for about one year. They have lots of predators such as dogs, foxes, bobcats, eagles, weasels, and raccoons.

Are There Any Other Animal Babies Called Kits?

There a lot of animals with babies called kittens or kits. It’s not unusual for animal babies to be called the same thing even though they aren’t really related in any way.It’s hard to keep it all straight, but here’s a list of animal babies with the name kits just like rabbits.

  • Badger
  • Beaver
  • Cat
  • Ferret
  • Fox
  • Rat
  • Skunk
  • Squirrel

Other important facts you may or may not know about rabbit babies:

  • They are herbivores-they eat plants, fruit and vegetables
  • They aren’t rodents even though they look like rodents at birth
  • They get their fur when they’re around 11 days old
  • Once their teeth start to grow, which is almost immediately after birth, their teeth will continue to grow their entire life
  • Rabbits like to jump, spin and flop on the ground. It’s called binky and it means they’re happy.

So officially, baby rabbits are called kits. But a lot of people still like to call baby rabbits bunnies. It’s not correct, but most people know what you’re talking about when you say my bunny. But they don’t always understand what you mean when you say, my  kit. Bunny is really a nickname while the word kit is the scientific name. Whatever you call a baby rabbit-they are adorable, soft and cuddly. And maybe that’s the most important thing to remember about baby rabbits.