Okey class, today we'll learn the history of rabbit. It's quite interesting that domestic rabbit today with various colour and breeds actually develop from a European wild, greyish rabbit. Formerly, the European wild rabbit was a popular game animal and source of food in many countries as it today.
It's amazing that various and colorful breeds of rabbit today is developed from this wild rabbit
Domestic rabbits were introduced onto other islands by travellers with the aim of providing a food source. The rabbit has high reproduction rate which contribute to their success became established in the wild in most places where they were introduced.
English angora has been breed for its fur.
The various breeds of rabbit we see today is from selective breeding and domestication of the rabbit that has been carried out for over 1,000 years. They've been raised commercially for meat, skins and wool as well as being widely used in laboratories.
From wild to cute lop rabbit.
As in 1995, it's estimated that 61 domesticated rabbit breeds and 531 varieties recognized in the United Kingdom, with more being constantly produced by selective breeding. However, they're all derived from the same species of European wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus).
Rabbits today are becoming smarter and cuter.