Sometimes you all you need is a friend who is all ears!
Mark Twain. Ernest Hemingway. Hunter S. Thompson. One thing you’ll notice about these authors is that they’re all dead. They also wrote a little about rabbits.
The jackrabbit is a hare and to people you hope you are never next to at dinner parties, yes, there is a difference between a rabbit and hare. But nobody cares. The jackrabbit is sometimes said to be mistaken for a coyote, although, I suspect, only by people who have never honestly seen a coyote before. Or quite drunk. Which Twain, Hemmingway, and Thompson certainly were most of the time.
In fairness, these rabbits are probably larger than you’re used to if the only sorts of rabbits you see are in petting zoos or eating your front garden. Those bunnies are bred to be cute and photograph-able. The jackrabbit is larger and leaner. About the size of a small dog. When they stand up on their hind legs, their height is definitely noticeable.
There are 4 or 5 different varieties of jackrabbits out there and I’m fairly sure that this is a white-tailed jackrabbit. The odds are pretty good even if you can’t see the details due to the fact that we were in North Dakota at the time and North Dakota is a favorite stomping ground of Lepus townsendii campanius. They turn white in winter in a halfhearted attempt to not be eaten by everything that walks and flies between Canada and Mexico.
We call them ‘jackrabbits’ as a quicker, more kid-friendly version of their original title: Jackass Rabbits. People saw a similarity between the hare and donkeys’ ears.
The jackrabbit can hit speeds of 40mph/64kph
Females are larger than the males.
If you take a photo of a rabbit, does anyone out there carrot all?