The origins of the Easter bunny and why rabbits make great pets
Chances are, you’re tasting your third Easter egg of the day or treating yourself to another chocolate bunny and wondering why do we associate Easter with bunnies? What does the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus have in common with a pet with floppy ears? To be honest: nothing at all.
The emergence of the Easter Bunny as a symbol of Easter is actually due to German emigrants who moved to America and brought stories of the hare laying eggs to their new country.
The story is said to have arrived in America in the 1700s. The German people who settled in Pennsylvania told stories about the “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws” and their children made nests for the creature to lay eggs. colored eggs, triggering the start of an Easter Bunny delivering chocolate eggs to children centuries later.
As we know, once something becomes important in America, it often becomes global. However, in some parts of the world the rabbit is not looking. For example, Easter eggs are delivered by a cuckoo clock in Sweden, and despite the Easter Bunny’s origins there, in parts of Germany the eggs are brought by a fox.
Additionally, rabbits are known for their tendency to procreate frequently and have become ancient symbols of fertility and new life – appropriate for spring when the fields are filled with lambs and new flowers appear in our gardens.
Unsurprisingly, given their ability to bring us chocolate once a year, rabbits are the third most popular pet in Ireland after cats and dogs. They are playful and intelligent animals and are ideal pets for older children or teenagers. On average, a pet rabbit lives between 8 and 12 years, but it can live longer. While hutches have traditionally been kept outside in homes, keeping your rabbit indoors has been known to extend its lifespan.
If you are planning to bring a rabbit in your family. Make sure it has plenty of space. Although they are small, rabbits are very active and they like to have a place to jump, run, jump and dig. Letting him hunt in a good sized area keeps them fit, healthy, and happy.
If you are planning to bring a rabbit into your home, it is worth considering a pair instead. Pet rabbits may feel lonely if they spend their hutches alone for long periods of time. If you don’t have time to give them a lot of attention, for example, if you return to a workspace after the pandemic is over, a companion will keep them happy. The best combination is to have a spayed male and a spayed female, as same-sex couples tend to fight with each other.