There are rabbits in many parts of the world, including Europe and Japan and Africa. The kind of rabbit we have here in Missouri is called the Eastern Cottontail. This name is pretty silly because a rabbit's tail is not really made of cotton, but maybe somebody thought they were being clever when they gave the cottontail that name.
Most kinds of rabbits live in a hole that they dig in the ground. This hole is called a burrow. If you string a bunch of burrows together, it's called a warren. If a dog digs a hole in the ground, it's called "No! No! Bad dog!"
Eastern Cottontails do not live in burrows. I guess it is too much trouble for them to dig a big long hole, so the mama rabbit just digs a little nest and puts grass and fur inside it to make it soft and warm for the babies. Mom has found these bunny nests several times in the dog yards at the shelter. I think it is very stupid of a rabbit to make a nest in a place where there is dog poop all around, which is kind of a big clue that lots of dogs live there. Rabbits are not really known for their smartness, though, except for Bugs Bunny. But I will wait until tomorrow to talk about him.
Sometimes rabbits are called "bunnies," and now I will explain why they are called that. The word bunny comes from a Scottish dialect word bun, which means "stump" or "bottom" or "the hind part of a rabbit or squirrel." So "buns" are like "buttocks," which is the word that Americans use. Except that "buns" is a cuter word.
You may have also heard of a "hare," which is a different type of rabbit that has long ears and long legs. A jackrabbit is a hare, but we don't have jackrabbits here where I live. They tend to like to live west of here. And also in places like Texas.
Well, tomorrow I will tell you more about rabbits, including The Year of the Rabbit and Rabbits in Art. So don't forget to come back and read my blog again tomorrow!