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The hare is closely related to the rabbit. People sometimes confuse the two animals, but there are several ways to tell them apart, the most reliable being that hares are larger and have longer legs.
Hares often live out in the open, and are far more athletic than rabbits; rabbits can sprint very fast (useful for a dash back to a nearby burrow) but tire of this quickly, whilst the stronger-hearted hare can run at high speeds for long distances.
A familiar hare is the brown hare, Lepus europaeus, which has sandy to rusty fur; long, black-tipped ears; and glassy-looking yellow eyes. Other popular species of hare include the arctic hare, the mountain hare and the snowshoe hare.
Jackrabbits, despite their name, are also hares.
See also the previous posts:
• The Difference
• Elaborate Means
• A Curious Fact
Image: Terry Sherlock.