Why Evolution Is True
Why Evolution is True is a blog written by Jerry Coyne, centered on evolution and biology but also dealing with diverse topics like politics, culture, and cats.
the excitement is palpable
I had a heart attack!
Thank you! So much more wholesome than the chimp/frog porn monstrosity over on pharyngula. Mind you, if they could get little marmosets in suits to ride these rabbits, it would improve it no end.
Dagrabbit, I saw Mr Playboy Bunny in the raw!
More seriously, wasn’t some of those names a tad sexually tinted? Especially since those rabbits showed that a rabbit can be so much more than the stereotype. (Okay, maybe not so much more serious.)
Well, it’s official…the Danes have WAAAAAY too much time on their hands.
As compared to, e.g., Amuricun air guitar enthusiasts, or hot dog (or other food item)-eating contestants?
As a Dane, I feel obliged to say, that hardly anyone here knows this even took place.
But its still kinda funny.
I didn’t realize one could train a rabbit to that level. The mind boggles at the single-minded dedication.
Every pet rabbit I’ve met (not that many, admittedly) has been pretty apathetic and unresponsive. How do you reward an animal that seems to care for nothing at all? Starve it?
We had a pet rabbit for about six months. We got it from someone else as a rescue.
I tried to litter-box train it, but all it would do was eat and hide under the bed if we let it out of its cage. Though it liked to go in the backyard, where it would get under the tool shed until we drug it out before bed.
Unfortunately, years of people owning a rabbit for which they had no clue how to care for shortened its lifespan and it died at the relatively young age of five.
Maybe rabbit breeders select for intelligence in Denmark? 😉
Damn that’s adorable. The owners really have to move to keep up.
Sure, it would be adorable were it not for the doping scandals. The hopping championships remain under a cloud of rumor-fueled suspicion, and the biennial Carrot-Nibbling Tournament had to be entirely cancelled.
Even toothpicks couldn’t keep my eyelids apart.
That’s because they only showed the rabbits that made it through the courses.
I want to see the crashes, the spills, the almost-cleared-it-but-not quite. Will he make it? Oh NO!!!! It’s OK, only bunny rug-burn.
ESPN: I have a proposal for you. Hey, they do dog-jumping trials, why not this?
Curiously, the national Danish media failed to cover this event…
What fantastic lepus they are!
Good one. 😀
We had an excellent rabbit that was born and raised around some dog pups. He thought he was a dog.
He would play with the other dogs and even tried to bark with them. The weirdest thing was to see him gnaw on bones.
Unfortunately he got out of the yard and we think he ran up to other dogs to play with them and they killed him.
The weirdest thing was to see him gnaw on bones.
Whoa, a herbivore displaying carnivorous tendencies? That’s pretty crazy. How much of animals’ behavior is learned and how much is “innate?”
Rabbits do a lot of gnawing naturally.
Indeed they do. As a child, ours had a liking for PVC cable insulation! We had to keep a careful eye on them if we had them in the house.