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'Nature: Remarkable Rabbits'
(Nora Young - Narrator / DVD / PG / 2020 / PBS)

Overview: There are more than 100 domestic and wild kinds of rabbits and hares, from Flemish giants to snowshoe hares.

Learn how hares are more than just a rabbit of longer ears and legs, how rabbits have managed to survive in ever-changing landscapes and how they turn the tables on their predators.

Join scientists in the field as they work tirelessly to save rabbit species from the brink of extinction.

DVD Verdict: There are more than 100 types of rabbits and hares, both domestic and wild, from swamp rabbits to Flemish giants to snowshoe hares, yet these prolific creatures are often overlooked and rarely get the respect they deserve -- due, in part, to their adorable appearance and storybook depictions.

In 'Nature: Remarkable Rabbits,' we join scientists in the field as they work tirelessly to save rabbit species from the brink of extinction and reveal ground-breaking new discoveries.

We explore how surprising and remarkable rabbits and hares can be as they face incredible challenges in the wild, from habitat loss to climate change.

For those not in the know, rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha. Oryctolagus cuniculus includes the European rabbit species and its descendants.

The European rabbit, which has been introduced on every continent except Antarctica, is familiar throughout the world as a wild prey animal and as a domesticated form of livestock and pet.

With its widespread effect on ecologies and cultures, the rabbit (or bunny) is, in many areas of the world, a part of daily life — as food, clothing, a companion, and as a source of artistic inspiration.

Although once considered rodents, lagomorphs like rabbits have been placed in their own, separate family because of a number of traits their rodent cousins lack, like two extra incisors.

And to complete the lesson, male rabbits are called bucks; females are called does. An older term for an adult rabbit is coney (derived ultimately from the Latin cuniculus), while rabbit once referred only to the young animals.

Another term for a young rabbit is bunny, though this term is often applied informally (particularly by children) to rabbits generally, especially domestic ones. More recently, the term kit or kitten has been used to refer to a young rabbit.

A group of rabbits is known as a colony or nest (or, occasionally, a warren, though this more commonly refers to where the rabbits live).

A group of baby rabbits produced from a single mating is referred to as a litter, and a group of domestic rabbits living together is sometimes called a herd.

Directed, written and produced by Susan Fleming, and narrated by Nora Young, 'Nature: Remarkable Rabbits' is one of the most adorable, and informative documentaries on rabbits I have personally ever seen! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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