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European Hare

Lepus europaeus

Description:

Lagomorpha / Leporidae

Habitat:

Meadow

Notes:

Feld Hase

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11 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Got it, Daniele. Thanks. Quite amazing. Lepus are more fertile than ever, or so it would appear.

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

A very beautiful, and a very cute Hare....

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Read my comment below Neil, it's all explained :-)

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 3 years ago

;)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

A new word for my vocabulary. Thanks. I'll use it as often as possible in the next week to let it sink in... and possibly annoy people as well :)

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 3 years ago

it was superfetation i was about to write
but looks like it ended up differently !

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Congratulations, Martin. Great spotting and photo. You could put your last comment into the notes, because it tells the story. The word "prefetation" I haven't heard before. What does it mean?

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 3 years ago

Wow !! Thank you ;)
Was indeed a funny photo !
He didn‘t see me actually, so i took a few shots and by the noise of my cam he knew there was something going on. then i lowered my cam and looked at the hare‘s eyes. in that moment he realized me and dashed away !!
About prefetation i had heard before, yet i had no clue that this was already known in ancient Greece !!!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Maybe past the peak but breeding season ends in August :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Congrats Martin. It's got that look in the eye even though it's not a March hare.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Martin, your European Hare has been chosen as our Easter Spotting of the Day:

"The Easter Bunny is paying us a visit! This European Hare (Lepus europaeus) is our Spotting of the Day. Rabbits and hares (family Leporidae) are prolific breeders and have long been held as fertility symbols. More than 2,000 years ago ancient Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle was first to suggest that hares could get pregnant while already pregnant. This mechanism, known as superfetation, allows hares to develop a second pregnancy before the previous litter has been delivered. It is thought to increase their reproductive success. While rare and considered abnormal for most mammals superfetation has also been observed for European badgers and American minks".

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MartinUrban
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MartinUrban

Wien, Austria

Spotted on Jul 4, 2014
Submitted on Jul 4, 2014

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