New Born Rabbits

September 7, 2008

Caring for Orphans

Rabbit mothers nurse their babies for approximately 5 minutes a day. They will be in the nest or nest box early in the morning and then again in the evening. The milk is very rich and the babies “fill up” to capacity within minutes. Mother rabbits do not “sit” on the babies to keep them warm as do some mammals and birds. They build a nest with fur and grasses which helps to keep the babies warm in between feedings.

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About Animals

December 22, 2007

  • Is a world population of 6 billion people too many? Compare that with animals.
  • There are more than a million animal species. There are 6,000 species of reptiles, 73,000 kinds of spiders, and 3,000 types of lice. For each person there is about 200 million insects. The 4,600 kinds of mammals represent a mere 0,3% of animals and the 9000 kinds of birds only 0,7%. The most numerous bird specie is the red-billed quelea of southern Africa. There are an estimated 100 trillion of them.
  • Mammals are the only animals with flaps around the ears.
  • African elephants only have four teeth to chew their food with.
  • There are about one billion cattle in the world of which 200 million are in India.
  • A house fly lives only 14 days.
  • A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a duck and a rooster the first to fly in a hot air balloon.
  • The oldest breed of dog is the Saluki.
  • The bee hummingbird of Cuba is the smallest bird in the world.
  • An ostrich can run up to 70 km/h (43mph). Read the rest of this entry »