himalayan rabbit

Himalayan Rabbit

Oryctolagus cuniculus himalayan


Description

Himalayan Rabbits are small domestic rabbits that are long and lean in shape. Their bodies are white in color and are accented with darker-colored ears, noses, tails, and feet. Himalayans have red eyes and ears that stand up.

Size

Adult Himalayan Rabbits weigh 3-4 pounds.

Adaptations

Diet

The rabbits at Cosley Zoo receive rabbit pellets and timothy hay as a staple diet, and fruit and vegetables as occasional treats.

Reproduction

When a rabbit is pregnant it is said to be "in kindle". The gestation period lasts 31 days. The female (doe) gives birth to a litter of baby rabbits (kits or kittens), which are totally blind and hairless until they are 10 days of age. The typical litter size is 6 or 7 but can be as high as 12 kits. The young rabbits are weaned at 4 weeks of age. A doe can have as many as 5 litters per year.

Shelter and Space Needs

In the winter, the rabbits at Cosley Zoo live indoors. In the warmer months, they spend their days in a grassy yard, coming indoors at night or in bad weather. The rabbits are provided with plenty of chewing material to help wear down their fast-growing teeth.

Life Expectancy

Domestic rabbits live between 5 and 15 years, with an average life expectancy of 8 years.

Importance to Man

Himalayan Rabbits are said to have docile temperaments, and can make good pets because they do not often bite or scratch. Rabbits are also raised for meat and fur.

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