25 Bunny facts to share with your kids on Easter
The illustrious Easter Bunny. Does he lay eggs? Or just deliver them? We may never know everything about E.B., but we've learned plenty of other bunny-related facts that we're more than happy to share with you.
Ready for a little Easter fun? Share these facts with the kiddos over Easter lunch.
The basics on Bugs Bunny
- Bugs was "born" in 1940 when cartoonist Tex Avery put the finishing touches on his latest creation.
- His first name, Bugs, means "crazy."
- Bugs is one of the very few animated creatures to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- In World War II, Bugs was made an honorary member of the Marines. Technically, "fellow" Marines should address him as Master Sergeant Bunny.
- Bugs Bunny was put on a stamp for the first time in 1997, nearly ten years before Mickey made the cut.
The truth about Roger Rabbit
(Admittedly, these facts may appeal more to grown-up kids.)
- Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) auditioned to be the voice of Roger Rabbit.
- Remember Tex Avery, the guy who drew Bugs Bunny? Jessica Rabbit was based on Avery's character Red.
- Disneyland's "Toon Town" section is a direct result of Roger Rabbit, though not much of him remains there these days.
- Roger actually inspired a dance move called "the Roger Rabbit dance" that became popular in the '90s. Check it out:
The rest of the rabbits
- Ever hear "Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids" in Trix cereal commercials? That rabbit's name is Tricks.
- Tricks and Bugs once teamed up for a commercial in an attempt to finally try Trix. Sadly, they failed.
- According to his employers, the pink, drumming rabbit from the Energizer battery commercials is actually named Energizer Bunny (his friends call him E.B.). His favorite drummers: Phil Collins, Buddy Rich and Ringo Starr.
- Remember Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh? Rabbit, Winnie and friends lived in the 100 Acre Wood, which is a real area in Ashdown Park in Sussex, England. As a matter of fact, all the places mentioned in the books exist in that same park. If you want to meet Rabbit, that's where you should go.
- According to the BBC, while most bunnies prefer carrots, Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit prefers radishes.
- Peter Rabbit is one legendary bunny. How legendary? He was actually the first fictional character ever registered at the Patent Office. Potter registered him in December 1903.
What about real rabbits?
Did someone in your family request a real live bunny for Easter? Here are a few facts about those super-cute creatures.
- Bunnies don't stay "bunnies" forever. The world's largest rabbit, Darius, is bigger than a toddler. He measures more than four feet long and currently weighs in at roughly 50 pounds.
- Rabbits can reach speeds up to 30-40 mph.
- A pet rabbit can live around five to eight years. The oldest reported rabbit was 16 when it died.
- Just like deer, male rabbits are called bucks and females are called does.
- Baby rabbits are actually called kits, short for kittens.
- Domesticated rabbits are born without fur.
- Rabbits inhabit every continent except Antarctica.
- Rabbits are strictly herbivores.
- Most wild rabbits live underground in burrows.
- Rabbits and hares are very different — hares are much larger, with longer hind legs, and their coats change color depending on the season.
Phew. Think you got all that? Have fun hunting Easter eggs, and don't forget to give your favorite bunny a hug.