Thursday, March 11, 2010

PFF - Texas Cowboy Riding a Jack Rabbit



Postcard jack rabbits always look huge. I always knew they weren't THIS big, but I still thought they must be quite large. It turns out that they aren't any bigger than an average cat. The National Geographic website gives their size and weight, and shows their size compared to a 6 foot tall man.




Size: 2 ft (61 cm)
Weight: 3 to 9 lbs (1.4 to 4 kg)


Jack rabbits got their name from their big ears that look like those of a jackass. Jack rabbits actually aren't even rabbits--they are hares. Hares are larger than rabbits, have longer hind legs and longer ears, and are born with a full coat of fur and open eyes.

Despite their small size, jack rabbits are capable of speeds up to 40 miles an hour and leaps of more than ten feet.


15 comments:

  1. It would take a big lasso to capture that pot-o-stew. ;)

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  3. I hadn't realised a jack rabbit was a hare. I thought it was an American breed.

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  4. Wonderful postcard--I really liked that Cowboy riding the jack rabbit--after all, they say everything is bigger in Texas, right?

    Happy PFF!

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  5. This is sort of like the jackalope cards, but much more high class.

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  6. Love all your facts about the jackrabbit on your postcard.

    Blessings & Aloha!

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  7. I love it, I love bunnies period. It could certainly be a great Easter Bunny. Happy PFF

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  8. Didn't know much about Jack Rabbits, Postcardy. Thank for the info! I love the postcard! :)

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  9. Well if it can reach 40mph the cowboy will have no problem rounding up those cattle. What a great card.
    A friend once moved into a house that had been empty for a long time and a group (what is the collective noun, I'll have to look that up)and hares had taken up residence in the garden, they certainly are big but not Texan size.

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  10. And then there is the distantly related jackalope. Very shy, hard to get photos of it.

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  11. They grow everything bigger in Texas, or so they say!

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  12. Ever hear of a bad horror movie called "Night of the Lepus" about giant mutant man eating rabbits?

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  13. I love these vintage postcards... how funny... interesting how they got their name.

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