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How Much Do You Know About Hares?

How Much Do You Know About Hares?

There’s a common misconception that a hare is just like a rabbit, and they are in the same family, however there are significant differences between the two. Hares are much bigger than rabbits and they have longer ears and hind legs, rabbits burrow underground whilst hares nest above ground. Unlike rabbits, hares are not domesticated and kept as pets. They differ in behaviour and lifestyle as well. 

A male hare is called a Jack and a female is called a Jill! Jacks and Jills can often be seen fighting- referred to as ‘boxing’- the Jills do this to show they aren’t ready to mate or to test the determination of their partners. Hares are highly symbolic in many cultures; within African folklore they are represented as tricksters, the ancient Greeks saw them as symbols of sex and fertility, they are also seen to reorient swiftness and timidity. A good example is the March Hare from Alice in Wonderland. If you want this represented in your home you can get this Wraptious woodland hare print on our website. 

Quickfire Facts:

  • Hares can jump over 10 feet 
  • They have almost 360 degree vision 
  • Hares can run up to 45mph

Hares can be found all over the world, except for Antarctica. They usually live alone or in pairs but a group of hares is called a drove. Baby hares are called leverets. You may not have seen a hare in person as they are primary nocturnal animals. We have a range of great products featuring the hare such as this rustic print and tea towel

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