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Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 10 12:14 pm    Post subject: Big rabbit  Reply with quote    

How big can a wild rabbit get? I've seen one that I'm sure is a wild rabbit as it's the right shape and colour but it's huge. When it hops about it seems to be about two foot from nose to tail I've not seen wild rabbits so large before. I've seen it twice now so I'm not imagining it.

Assuming it is a rabbit, is it more likely to be a doe or a buck?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 10 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Given the right conditions, and a lack of suitable predators, they can get to quite a size.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 10 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You sure it's not a hare?
If it is a rabbit definately a buck.
The biggst I've shot might have been 2 ft stretched out (tip of hind leg to tip of nose) are you talking sat on the ground (tail to nose) or stretched?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 10 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I did think it might be a hare but it looks very much like a rabbit, apart from it's size. It's always been on it's own which makes me think hare but it's in woodland, I thought hares are more open land animals?

Don't think it's a Were-Rabbit, although it seems a bit mysterious.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 10 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You've had a good enough look to rule out a small Muntjack? I know they don't really look at all similar, but once or twice I've just glimpsed one out of the corner of my eye as it raids the shrubbery and my first though was 'what a big rabbit' until I got my eyes in gear properly and realised what I was looking at. Obvious once you see the ears or lack of, but in the mists of early morning they can be funny little critters.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 10 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:


Don't think it's a Were-Rabbit, although it seems a bit mysterious.


Sorry. Slow day at the coal face.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 10 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

working at Holyhead port at the mo and there is a section of fenced in grass where the bunnies are getting plenty of food & not hassled/eaten & I have never seen such large rabbits in the wild, fairly tame too, then again being fenced in by chainlink nothing there can get at them

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 10 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I did have a good long look so definitely not a Muntjack, that's also why I don't think it's a hare as I had a good look at it running and the legs seemed too short to be one.

So, probably a bunny, just a very big one. I'm hoping he has a few ladies about the place and the breed like, erm, rabbits.

Funnily while I wouldn't say he was tame he also didn't seem that frightened of me. Don't think there's been much shooting or public access to the land though.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 10 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Could it be crossed with an escaped Flemish giant or something? Just a thought as I know they get pretty huge.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 10 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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Oh I know those bunnies well lol

Every time I do the ferry crossing I have very agitated salukis watching the bunnies. They are so nonchalant too

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 10 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bodrighy wrote:
Could it be crossed with an escaped Flemish giant or something? Just a thought as I know they get pretty huge.

Pete

I wondered that as well, theres a road verge not far from here that you see lots of young rabbits grazing in the summer & there is always one or two dark (almost chocolate coloured) rabits amongst them & I can only assume they are from a captive wild cross.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 10 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tavascarow wrote:
Bodrighy wrote:
Could it be crossed with an escaped Flemish giant or something? Just a thought as I know they get pretty huge.

Pete

I wondered that as well, theres a road verge not far from here that you see lots of young rabbits grazing in the summer & there is always one or two dark (almost chocolate coloured) rabits amongst them & I can only assume they are from a captive wild cross.


I've seen escapee domestic rabbits in built up areas (sort of a surreal Father Ted moment) and it had crossed my mind that some genes of domesticated rabbits being in the one I saw but as it was quite a remote place I think it's unlikely.

A google suggests 20 inches is the largest you get a wild rabbit. I assume that's nose to tail with it sitting still, so two foot running sounds reasonable?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 10 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tavascarow wrote:
Bodrighy wrote:
Could it be crossed with an escaped Flemish giant or something? Just a thought as I know they get pretty huge.

Pete

I wondered that as well, theres a road verge not far from here that you see lots of young rabbits grazing in the summer & there is always one or two dark (almost chocolate coloured) rabits amongst them & I can only assume they are from a captive wild cross.


You often see black ones here too. They are called melanistic, and I believe it is a fairly common mutation.
Giant ones I don't know about. Where there any Tellytubbies about?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 10 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jamanda wrote:
Tavascarow wrote:
Bodrighy wrote:
Could it be crossed with an escaped Flemish giant or something? Just a thought as I know they get pretty huge.

Pete

I wondered that as well, theres a road verge not far from here that you see lots of young rabbits grazing in the summer & there is always one or two dark (almost chocolate coloured) rabits amongst them & I can only assume they are from a captive wild cross.


You often see black ones here too. They are called melanistic, and I believe it is a fairly common mutation.


You seem to get them more when warrens are overcrowded; occasionally you get non-albino white ones too. Some people seem to believe that the overcrowding and mutations are related and to do with inbreeding, but equally likely, where there are more bunnies generally, there will be more mutant bunnies.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 10 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Brownbear wrote:
Jamanda wrote:
Tavascarow wrote:
Bodrighy wrote:
Could it be crossed with an escaped Flemish giant or something? Just a thought as I know they get pretty huge.

Pete

I wondered that as well, theres a road verge not far from here that you see lots of young rabbits grazing in the summer & there is always one or two dark (almost chocolate coloured) rabits amongst them & I can only assume they are from a captive wild cross.


You often see black ones here too. They are called melanistic, and I believe it is a fairly common mutation.


You seem to get them more when warrens are overcrowded; occasionally you get non-albino white ones too. Some people seem to believe that the overcrowding and mutations are related and to do with inbreeding, but equally likely, where there are more bunnies generally, there will be more mutant bunnies.

Also I suppose where there are a lot of rabbits the mutations have more chance of survival.
Few rabbits & they'd get picked off first, especially the white ones.
Though it's been proven that when it comes to breeding the true albinos are always at the bottom of the picking list.
It's natural to reject those that don't fit.

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