Discovery at Home: Waffles the Rabbit

Meet Waffles!

Waffles is our domestic house rabbit. Domestic rabbits can live 8-12 years. A rabbit’s diet consists of a steady supply of hay, with snacks like carrots as a treat. Waffles’s favorite treat is a handful of Cheerios.

Rabbit facts:

  • A male rabbit is known as a buck, while a female is called a doe. The baby rabbits are collectively known as a litter. The teeth of a rabbit are very strong and they never stop growing. There are currently 45 known breeds of rabbits.
  • Rabbits not only can and do pass gas, but they need to! While this may sound humorous, it’s no laughing matter for rabbits, as this gas build-up is extremely painful and can become fatal very quickly unless properly released, sometimes requiring medical intervention.
  • Rabbits and hares beat this problem with a special kind of digestion called hindgut fermentation. In short, they eat their own poop and digest it a second time. Bunnies actually make two different kinds of droppings: little black round ones and softer black ones known as cecotropes that are eaten.
  • Rabbits lick for affection, not for salt. Licking means “I love you, I trust you.” Lunging may occur when you reach into your rabbit’s cage to clean, give food, or to take your rabbit out – a sign of disapproval.