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Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

The lagomorphs are the members of the taxonomic order Lagomorpha, of which there are two living families: the Leporidae ( hares and rabbits) and the Ochotonidae ( pikas). The name of the order is derived from the Ancient Greek lagos (λαγώς, "hare") + morphē (μορφή, "form"). There are 102 extant species of lagomorph, including 37 species of pika, 33 species of rabbits, and 32 species of hare. ( Full article...)

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A European Rabbit in Tasmania

Rabbits are a serious mammalian pest in Australia and an invasive species. Annually, European rabbits cause millions of dollars of damage to crops. Since their introduction from Europe in 1859, the effect of rabbits on the ecology of Australia has been devastating. Rabbits are suspected of being the most significant known factor in species loss in Australia. The loss of plant species is unknown at this time. Rabbits often kill young trees in orchards, forests and on properties by ringbarking them.

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Checkered Giant rabbit
The Checkered Giant is a breed of rabbit developed in Europe. In the UK the breed is known as Giant Papillon. Checkered Giants are one of 47 breeds of domestic rabbits recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Mature Checkered Giant bucks should weigh at least 11 pounds (5.0 kg), and mature does 12 pounds (5.4 kg), but there is no specified maximum weight. The Checkered Giant is outweighed by the Giant Chinchilla and Flemish Giant. The Checkered Giant is one of only 11 breeds with defined markings.

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In real life, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game.
—  Anita Brookner

sharing her insights on the fable The Tortoise and the Hare


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Fleuron from the book "The principles of drawing" (1752)
Fleuron from the book "The principles of drawing" (1752)
Fleuron from the book The principles of drawing (1752). Fleurons are typographic ornaments that were frequently used in 18th- and 19th-century books.

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A rabbit grooming itself

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