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Neat Nature Nasties! If a Rabbit Offers You Milk Duds, Don’t Take Any

Bunny talents include leaping adorably, flopping gracefully, and making their own bunny snacks.

Sarah Burns


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It was hard to get going this morning, but you’re proud of yourself for getting up early and sticking to your workout. Jumping as high as your powerful legs will let you, your adrenaline is pumping, and it feels good! You indulge in a few more frolicking leaps through the spring clover, the tall grass tickling your nose each time you land. Happy and tired, you flop over in the grass to stretch. Keeping still for a moment, your eyes scan the skies for danger; an important step to take before making the short hop home to your den. 

No shadow of menace seems to be lurking at this still early hour, so you start out on your way, kicking up your feet as you make your own path. All this jumping and running around has made you hungry for a little snack — who are you kidding, you could always go for a little snack, and with teeth that never stop growing, your gnawing habits help keep your chompers in check. Pulling up some grass, you nosh on the tender shoots and realize that nature is calling. No worries though, because you’re an expert multi-tasker in this area: It’s just in one end, and out the other. In fact, you suddenly find your meal to be a little lacking, so it’s a good thing you’ve just made some fresh, uh, biscuits, to go with your greens.


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Gonna skip them biscuits, huh? I’m guessing you’re not a rabbit then. Along with being fuzzy and cute with giant floppy ears, and an adorable wiggly nosey, bunnies also go to town on their own fresh turds, partaking in this special rabbitizer usually in the morning or late in the evening.

It might seem gross to humans, but a rabbit’s own poop is a very important part of its diet. But they don’t eat just any old poop: They prefer it fresh and they only eat a special, soft kind of poop called cecotropes. Grass and other plant matter rabbits eat is very difficult to digest, so they digest it twice to get as much of the nutrients as they can. The most effective way to do this is to eat the meal a second time. It’s almost like saving leftovers for the next day, but instead of storing the uneaten portion in the fridge and reheating it in the microwave, it’s inside you, and you have to poop it out first.


Photo: Crafts by Amanda

Grab some paper plates (you probably don’t feel like eating after all that), and hop to crafting up your own rabbit friend with a tutorial from Crafts By Amanda. If you’re hanging out with your new rabbit friend and see any raisins lying around, DON’T eat them!