International Rabbit Day is held on the 4th Saturday of September every year. It first began in 1998 as an awareness day to protect and care for both wild rabbits and pet rabbits.
We call rabbits by various names ~ rabbit, bunny rabbit, bunnies, and hares. The difference between a hare and a rabbit is size (hares are larger). Also hares live in nests on the ground and rabbits live in burrows.
The word Bunny originally was used as an endearment for a young girl. Over time, it began to mean a young or small animal. Today it usually means a rabbit. Bunny has become popular as the Easter Bunny or used when referring to a small or baby rabbit. Thus, we have Bunny Rabbit!
If you want to know all the ins and outs of the rabbit terms, the website Wide Open Pets goes into detail of the various differences.
How to Observe International Rabbit Day
- Read a book about rabbits. My favorite is The Velveteen Rabbit, definitely a classic in children's books. Other sweet rabbit stories include The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Watership Down.
- Watch a movie about rabbits. Popular ones, especially with children, are Roger Rabbit, Watership Down, Bambi, and Bugs Bunny .
- Treat your pet rabbit to some extra carrots on its special day!
Rabbits make good pets. They are quiet, they are easy to house train, they don't require a lot of space, and they bond well with their owner.
Did you know that rabbits are the third most popular animal to have as a pet, right behind dogs and cats.
Crafty Rabbits (or Handmade Hares)
If it is not possible to have a real rabbit for a pet, get your child a toy rabbit. Some really cute ones are handmade by crafters. I found dozens in all forms on Etsy.
Here are a few in handmade crochet.
Roly-Poly Pink Baby Bunny
|Roly-Poly Pink Bunny @ Coastal Crochet Crafts on Etsy|
Roly-Poly bunny measures a round 4 x 4 inches (including the bunny ears) and is about 9.5 inches around. She is filled with soft new fiberfill.
Plush bunny rabbit is handmade in pink acrylic yarn, and an ombre variegated acrylic yarn called 'Wedgewood' in pinks, blues and white. Her features include blue craft eyes* and a dark pink embroidered nose. Her ears and feet are pink.
Roly-Poly bunny rabbit is a cute and cuddly soft toy just the right size for little hands to hold. She can be found in the Coastal Crochet Crafts Etsy Store.
Bunny Girl Plush Dolls
These darling bunny rabbits, one in white and one in gold, are cute girl rabbits wearing a dress.
|Wonderland White Rabbit on Etsy|
She comes with a dress done in a sparkly pink metallic yarn. The dress is pinafore style and ties on the back around the neck. White rabbit easily puts on her dress by stepping into it and pulling up to tie. The dress is removable.
This Amigurumi white rabbit has safety eyes and nose. White bunny rabbit measures 11 inches tall, including her ears. She is 9 inches tall in a sitting position.
|Golden Bunny Girl Plush Doll on Etsy|
Golden Bunny Rabbit measures 9 inches tall (11 inches tall when you count her 'bunny ears') and 6 inches tall in a sitting position. She is about 5 inches across. Bunny Girl has craft eyes for features (eyes and nose) and she is softly stuffed with polyfil.
Golden Bunny Girl comes with her own wardrobe of 3 dresses which easily slip on by having her 'step into' the dress and pull up to tie around the neck in a bow. Each dress measures 4 inches long with 8 inch long crocheted 'ties'. Her dresses are crocheted in a pinafore style with a ruffle around the hem. The 3-piece crocheted wardrobe includes:
- Lavender dress trimmed with purple
- Pale green dress with two dark green buttons sewn on as trim
- Colorful dress created with an ombre variegated yarn called "Artist Print" with shades of purple, lavender, rose, burgundy, gold, blue and green.
Both bunny girl dolls, plus more bunny-related items, are available on Etsy at Coastal Crochet Crafts.
International Rabbit Day
So, celebrate this special day by hopping down the bunny trail your favorite way – reading, watching movies, or playing with your pet rabbit or toy rabbit.
Rabbit-related reviews number more than one dozen here on ReviewThisReviews. Check out this 'search' for 'rabbits' link for articles by our contributors which include books about rabbits, movies about rabbits, and stories of the Easter Bunny. A fun way to fill your Rabbit Day!
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