Easter Bunnies and March Hares

Have you started noticing the rabbits hopping about already? The usually crowd at the roundabout have appeared again in my village and the sun’s out! Daffodils are EVERYWHERE and it’s definitely Spring, hurrah!

To help celebrate Springtime we have some rabbit motif goods for you at some special Spring sale prices. This offer applies until the end of March whne some prices will be increased unfortunately (only because our suppliers have and we have to make a living!).

To got the discount, please enter code 20percent in the promotional code box at the checkout and click “apply” and you will see the amount deducted before you finish the purchase.

Our beautiful purple and white umbrella stick with 8 lovely rabbit silhouettes, one on each panel. For March only £20 instead of £25. You can use it as a rain umbrella (beware lots of admiring comments and attention!) or as a walking stick with it’s crook handle and metal tip.

Then there’s our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party rabbit topper walking cane on black painted shaft, usual price £33, this month only £26.40. The rabbit head topper is made from resin and painted white and the shaft is made from a hard wood, straight as anything and painted black. Complete with collar and metal ferrule, this is an excellent stick for the collection.

We also have a brown resin rabbit topper cane on brown wooden shaft. This one has a rubber ferrule and brass collar and costs just £41.60 this month instead of the normal £52.

So what’s the difference between a Hare and a Rabbit I hear you ask? Well, apart fron being different species, here are a few differences;

Hares are generally larger and faster than rabbits.
Hares have longer ears and larger feet than rabbits.
Hares have black markings on their fur.
Rabbits are altricial i.e. their young are born blind and hairless. In contrast, hares are generally born with hair and are able to see (precocial). Young hares are therefore able to fend for themselves very quickly after birth.

A young hare is called a leveret and a young rabbit is called a kitten, kit, or, least correct but very commonly, a bunny.
Hares have very long and strong hind legs, more so than rabbits.
Rabbits and hares both molt and then grow new hair. This happens in both spring and in fall. Rabbit’s brown summer fur is replaced with fur that is more grey. Hares, especially those living in cold, snowy regions, turn white in the winter.
Hunters say that hare has a much stronger, gamier flavor than rabbit (which actually does taste like a milder version of chicken).
Both rabbits and hares have short tails.
Comparison of Lifestyle and Behavior
Hares have not been domesticated, while rabbits are often kept as house pets.
All rabbits (except the cottontail rabbit) live underground in burrows or warrens, while hares live in simple nests above the ground (as does the cottontail rabbit). Rabbits also have their litters underground. Hares rely on running rather than burrowing for protection.
Rabbits are very social animals and live in colonies. Male rabbits even fight within a group to become the dominant male. The dominant male rabbit then mates with most of the females in the area. On the other hand, hares live most of the time by themselves. They come together in pairs for mating only. There is almost no fighting among hares – they just pair off.
Rabbits prefer soft stems, grass or vegetables. Hares eat more hard food: bark and rind, buds, small twigs and shoots.