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Rabbits and Hares: Leporidae
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Rabbits and Hares: Leporidae

Rabbits and hares are members of the family Leporidae; more than 50 species occupy the planet. They are joined in that family by the short-eared pika.

Rabbits tend to be more social than hares. Rabbit young are born blind and hairless; hare newborns are furred and alert. Both groups have long ears and legs and hop away, often in an erratic manner, to escape predators.

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