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Why do rabbits dig holes?

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Rabbits dig holes for shelter and protection from predators. They quickly hide in a hole whenever predators appear. They also like to sleep in burrows, which they find safe and comfortable.

Holes serve as a refuge for rabbits when they feel the presence of predators, such as foxes, cats, owls, weasels and human beings. They get out of their holes whenever they need to find food. Because holes make rabbits feel safe, female bunnies typically give birth inside burrows and use the holes as a shelter for their little ones.

Rabbits often build clusters of homes, called warrens, that are situated close to each other. The male bunnies are responsible for protecting the group. Rabbits consider the surrounding area of their holes as their territory, and they like to keep an eye on their domain. However, their turf is often small because they prefer to stay close to their holes, so they can immediately scurry to their shelter when predators come near them. Rabbits don’t like to search for food beyond their territory.

Rabbits have varying digging habits depending on their species. Cottontail rabbits prefer to use empty holes created by other animals, whereas pygmy rabbits like to dig many holes. Domestic rabbits sometimes dig due to their natural instinct. Some pet owners prepare digging units to satisfy the need to dig of their pet bunnies.

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