Are Rabbits And Bunnies The Same Thing
Are rabbits and bunnies the same thing? No! But they’re similar. Rabbits are mammals, while bunnies are animals in the lagomorph family. There are many differences between rabbits and bunnies, but the biggest difference is that bunnies are young rabbits. You might have heard of a rabbit or two in your lifetime, but you probably haven’t seen many bunnies—they don’t grow up to be as large as their parents! While you might think that there’s not much difference between a bunny and a rabbit (and I agree), there are some key differences between these two adorable creatures that make them different species altogether.
Bunnies are young rabbits.
In the strictest sense, bunnies are not rabbits. Bunnies are young rabbits, and as they grow into adults they become rabbits. This distinction is important to make because a bunny that has not yet reached adulthood is actually quite different in appearance and behavior than an adult rabbit.
One obvious difference between a bunny and an adult rabbit is size: while bunnies can be small enough to fit in your hand (or on your lap), fully grown rabbits will be much larger—sometimes as big as 4 feet long! Of course, there are exceptions; sometimes even very small breeds of cats or dogs can grow very large in adulthood due to selective breeding for large size over many generations.
Another major difference between bunnies and full-grown rabbits is their fur patterning: adult rabbits have short hair whereas baby bunnies have longer fur with soft white spots all over their bodies. When these patterns change from long fur with white markings to shorter hair with solid colored patches (such as brown or black), this means that the animal has reached sexual maturity—at which point it will begin producing offspring of its own!
Rabbits have longer ears than bunnies do.
You can tell a rabbit from a bunny by their ears. Rabbits have longer ears than bunnies do, which is why some people refer to them as “long-eared” rabbits rather than “short-eared” bunnies.
In fact, rabbits are the only mammals with such long ears that are not in the horse family. They also have unusually big eyes for their body size compared to other animals (except humans), and they’re capable of jumping up to four feet in one leap!
If you look at all the mammals that live on land and have long ears and/or can jump really high off the ground—like horses, deer, elephants—you’ll notice they’re all in different families: Equidae; Artiodactyla; Proboscidea; Sirenia; Carnivora; Pinnipedia…and Lagomorpha! The only exception is Leporidae (rabbits), which includes hares as well as rabbits themselves.
Rabbits have a larger body than bunnies do.
Rabbits are larger than bunnies. A rabbit’s weight normally ranges from six to ten pounds, whereas bunnies weigh about one to two pounds. You can also tell them apart by their ears and legs; rabbits have longer ears and longer legs than bunnies do.
Rabbits are older than Bunnies! The rabbit was domesticated around 2000 years ago, while the bunny was domesticated only a few hundred years ago!
Bunnies are cuter than rabbits are.
Rabbits are cuter than bunnies are. Bunnies, in turn, are cuter than rabbits—but not as cute as bunnies.
This is true because of what it means to be a bunny. A bunny is a rabbit that has been born with white fur and thus resembles an egg or a ball of cotton candy (which makes them extra adorable). Bunnies can also be very small and fluffy—so much so that they look like they have been plucked out of the sky by an angelic being who sprinkled them with stardust before setting them down onto your lap where they will stay forevermore.
Bunnies usually have shorter ears than rabbits do.
You may be wondering, “What’s the difference between a bunny and a rabbit?” Well, there are a few differences between the two! Rabbits have longer ears than bunnies do. Rabbits also have larger bodies than bunnies do. Bunnies are cuter than rabbits are! They’re young rabbits, you see? So if you want to know more about these animals—and what else makes them different from each other—just keep reading!
Rabbits and bunnies aren’t really the same thing.
The most important thing to know about rabbits and bunnies is that they’re not the same thing. Rabbits are larger than bunnies, with longer ears and a larger body. Bunnies have relatively short ears, but their bodies aren’t as easily distinguishable from their heads as rabbits’ are.
Another key difference between the two animals is that rabbits can have offspring from multiple partners at once, while bunnies cannot: baby bunnies are called kits instead of babies or kittens (as baby cats are called). Kits do not exist for rabbit babies; instead they’re called kittens or pups depending on whether they’re male or female (kittens for females and puppies for males).
While rabbits and bunnies are both members of the same family, there are some pretty significant differences between them. Bunnies have shorter ears than rabbits do, while rabbits have larger bodies than bunnies do. Rabbits also tend to be cuter than your average bunny!