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DogDaz News: The Truth About The Easter Rabbit

5 Facts about Rabbits from Smithsonian: Giant Rabbits

In celebration of the annual spring appearance of the Easter bunny on Sunday, Smithsonian Science offers these facts from Rabbits: The Animal Answer Guide, a new book by John Seidensticker, conservation scientist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and Susan Lumpkin, freelance writer.

Image: Black-tailed jackrabbit (Photo by Susan E. Adams)

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Rabbits are not rodents, but lagomorphs (laguh-mawrf), a scientific term which means “hare-shaped.” Hares and pikas also are lagomorphs.

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Image: A reconstruction of a giant Minorcan rabbit is shown next to a modern European rabbit. (Image by Meike Köhler)

Scientists studying the bones of an extinct giant rabbit found on the Mediterranean island of Minorca estimate this prehistoric animal weighed as much as 31 pounds! The largest rabbits alive today– domestic breeds such as the Flemish giant–weigh 22 pounds at most.

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Thanks to human introductions the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is found throughout Western Europe, Australia, parts of South America, North Africa and on more than 800 islands around the world. Today in Iberia, Spain, the European rabbit’s sole home for many thousands of years, it is threatened.

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Archaeologists have evidence of people hunting rabbits in the south of France some 120,000 years ago. Scientists suspect even Neanderthals lived on diets made up largely of rabbits

5

A “never fail” Kansas folk remedy for reducing fever recommends making a strong tea from the dung of the wild jackrabbit and drinking it every half-hour.

(via: Smithsonian Insider)

Wishing sunshine to all who celebrate this weekend, be it Passover, Easter, or Earthday. 

Your friends at DogDaz Zoo.

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Posted by on April 20, 2019 in Animals

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Easter Bonnet?

I know that cat toy was around here somewhere.

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Posted by on April 17, 2019 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Seasonal Sleepy

It appears that we are suffering from the seasonal sleepiness that comes with spring. You would think that we would want to go outside and run around and enjoy the beautiful pollinating plants that are all over the place, but NO! We are sleepy and just want to nap. Maybe it is because of our seasonal allergies that everyone, animal and human, seems to get living in the Mid-Atlantic? Maybe it is the allergy medicine Mom gives us every day with our dinner? Whatever it is we sure are a sleepy bunch.

Does spring make you sleepy?

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

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Posted by on April 15, 2019 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: My Ball

It is funny how different things come out of the toy box at different times. Louise is not really a tennis ball kind of dog, but I looked over and there she was sleeping with this one. Have a wonderful black and white Sunday.

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Posted by on April 14, 2019 in Dogs

 

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Caturday: Dear Noel, I Keep Sneezing

Dear Noel,

In the last few weeks, I started sneezing a great deal and get these crusty things by my eyes. My nose is all running and I just want to sleep. Am I dying?

Yours truly,

Meow Choo

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Dear Choo,

Thanks for writing. No, you are not dying, you probably have seasonal allergies. Just like our humans, we can develop reactions to pollen, dust, and even grass. If you are sneezing, coughing, have irritated eyes or a runny nose, it is very possible that spring has sprung in your area and you are reacting to the blooms, especially if you go outdoors or sit in the window a lot. I get even pinker than usual this time of year. And Mom is really slow at getting the crusty things out of my eyes. Also, keep a whisker out for any new skin irritations, excessive scratching, bald patches on the skin, excessive redness around your eyes, mouth, chin, or ears, and if your human tells you that you are snoring.

There are a few things you and your human can do to help:

  • Stay indoors during high pollen days

  • Keep the windows closed and run an air conditioner to keep pollen out of the house

  • Wipe yourself down with a wet cloth if you have been outside

  • Take a bath (it is not as bad as it sounds)

If none of this seems to work then ask your human to take you to the Vet. You might have something else going on like an allergy to fleas. That would be bad!!!! (I hate flea bites!)

Take care and feel better,

Noel, the Queen of Everything

(Thanks to worldsbestcatlitter.com for these great suggestions)

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

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Posted by on April 13, 2019 in Cats

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Heads Down

There are really no words to explain Noel.

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Posted by on April 10, 2019 in Cats

 

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Monday Mischief: 1 Second A Day in March

March came in like a lion, with a cold roar, and it limped out with a slow thaw. 

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

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Posted by on April 8, 2019 in Dogs

 

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