Do you love rabbits? We do! Who wouldn't? They're super soft, furry, and adorable. With those big ears and eyes and tiny twitching noses, bunnies can melt our hearts in seconds, making us want to cuddle and hug them.
What do you know about rabbits? They supposedly love carrots, right? You see them everywhere you look when Easter rolls around. What about how they move? Do they walk like humans? Of course not! Everyone knows what bunnies do: they hop!
Have you ever stopped to WONDER why bunnies hop instead of walk like humans? The simple answer is: they were made to hop. A rabbit's foot is quite different from a human foot. After all, you don't see people walking around with human feet on their keychains for good luck!
Rabbits boast back legs that are long and quite strong. They can leap forward great distances with a single push from their back legs. They usually land on their front legs, which help them balance while their back legs spring forward into position to push off for another leap forward.
Humans call this particular way of moving hopping, and it's simply the natural way rabbits were born to move given the way their bodies are made. If your legs were built like a rabbit's, then you would hop instead of walk, too!
You would also probably like how strong your legs were. Rabbits have such strong legs that they can move as quickly as 50 miles per hour in short bursts.
Their strength is also good for leaping into the air and forward over the ground. Rabbits can easily leap almost four feet into the air and nearly 10 feet forward in a single bound. This is an important ability for rabbits, since many other animals hunt them as prey. Rabbits must be able to get away from predators in a hurry, and their unique back legs allow them to do that.
A rabbit's back legs aren't just for hopping, though. They can also be used as a weapon for self-defense. If a predator threatens a rabbit, it will often get a swift and painful kick from the rabbit's hind legs as a warning to back off!
In addition to self-defense, you may also see rabbits thumping their legs on the ground from time to time. They do this as a way to signal to other rabbits in the area that danger may be near. When rabbits feel the thump of another rabbit nearby, they're likely to put those back legs to use as they run for shelter.
So the next time you see a cute little bunny rabbit hopping around, just think about how powerful its back legs are to allow it to move so quickly. If you're up for it, challenge it to a race and see whose legs are superior!