I have seen rabbits do the following things with my own eyes: hop, wiggle their noses, munch on lettuce and be darling. What I have not seen a bunny do is gear up and go for a dip in the lake. In other words this week Raise A Paw is making a splash in the world of cottontails by figuring out, can rabbits swim?
Turns out that holy smokes, they sure can. Rabbits have been found to use water as a means of escaping capture or if they have to travel a short distance. Rabbits are in fact, fully capable of swimming marshes, ponds, rivers and swamps. Of all the bunnies in the land, Marsh Rabbits (most often found in the wild) are apparently very strong however most rabbits while technically capable of swimming aren’t really considered the Michael Phelps of the animal world: Brief distances are fine, the English Channel is not.
Now just because our hoppiest of friends can swim doesn’t mean that you need to run out and toss them in the pool. For one thing, chlorine isn’t good for them and for another just because they can do it doesn’t mean they like it. As I stated above, they know how to swim in the wild to get away from predators so they have to be pretty scared to get to that state. Let’s not traumatize our rabbits just because we want to see what it looks like swimming. If you’re super curious, review the video above.
Video via YouTube