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Re: What do you call a baby rabbit?

Date: Thu Mar 26 09:40:34 1998
Posted By: Michael Onken, MadSci Admin
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 889059037.Gb

Leveret is the word used for a hare under a year old. I have also seen this used for young rabbits (rabbits and hares are "cousins"), although most dictionaries I've read define bunny as any young rabbit. So bunny is a perfectly good word to describe a baby rabbit, but leveret is good if you want to be tricky. Additional info:
Originally, the word "rabbit" was the word used to refer to the baby animals. An adult was called a "cony." Now the word rabbit is used for both adults and young.

People who breed rabbits call males "bucks" and females "does," the same words that are used for deer.

A good rabbit site for preschoolers is this one.

A good general interst site is

--Louise Freeman

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