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By Sigrid Olson

Springtime Kindling


March 29, 2018

Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

One month old domestic outdoor rabbits next to their mother. These young rabbits nibble hay, drink water and eat pellets at this stage.

Survival of the species with rabbits is successful. Every 28 to 31 days, five to 10 blind, pink, slightly velvety and squirmy rabbit kits are kindled, or born. If unregulated breeding occurs, one pair can add 120 rabbits to their habitat in a year.

Female rabbits, called does, are able to be bred at five months. Reproduction is ensured by the evolutionary trait of ovulating while pregnant. Usually lactation slows or prevents ovulation in some mammals.

According to Eastgate Veterinary in Missoula, smaller mammals like rabbits, cats and most rodent species ovulate after giving birth and duri...

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