Hares and jackrabbits are
leporids belonging to the genus Lepus.
Hares less than one year old are called
leverets. Hares are very fast-moving.
The European brown hare can run at speeds of
up to 45 mph. They live solitarily or in
pairs, while a "drove" is the collective
noun for a group of hares. The hare's diet
is similar to the rabbit's.
Hares differ from Rabbits.
Hares do not bear their young below ground in a burrow as do other leporids, but rather in a shallow depression or flattened nest of grass called a form. Hares are adapted to the lack of physical protection, relative to that afforded by a burrow, by being born fully furred and with eyes open. They are hence able to fend for themselves soon after birth; they are precocial. By contrast, the related rabbits and cottontail rabbits are altricial, having young that are born blind and hairless.
All rabbits (except the cottontail rabbits) live underground in burrows or warrens, while hares (and cottontail rabbits) live in simple nests above the ground, and usually do not live in groups. Hares are generally larger than rabbits, with longer ears, and have black markings on their fur. Hares have not been domesticated, while rabbits are kept as house pets. There is a domestic pet known as the "Belgian hare", but this is a rabbit that has been selectively bred to resemble a hare.
Hares have jointed, or kinetic, skulls, unique among mammals. They have 48 chromosomes (44 for the rabbit).
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For 100 years toys have
been produced in Bad Kösen, a small resort town on the Saale River in
Germany. Käthe Kruse founded the company in 1911/12 as a doll making
workshop. The first plush animals were presented at the Leipzig Trade
Fair in 1958.
Kösen plush animals are distinguished by highly naturalistic and expressive design, by their immediate appeal as toys and by their quality of material and craftsmanship. Each design is based in intensive studies of the anatomy and movement of the animal depicted. Kösen designers draw the animals in their natural habitats or in zoos and create them as three dimensional models from clay. The toy animals are always presented in the typical and natural position.
Important details are
lovingly executed, and especially the faces receive a very lifelike
expression. In order to achieve this, Kösen uses varied materials
including only the best quality plush fur. The animals are assembled
from up to seventy individual elements, sewn together, turned inside
out, filled with high quality fibres, stitched closed, combed and
brushed, embroidered and painted - all by hand and exclusively at Bad
Kösen plush animals are made in Germany with materials from Europe. All meet European safety norms and carry the CE mark. All animals can be surface washed at 30°C. A cuddly toy animal from Kösen is a valuable present for children and for adults who love nature and wildlife.