A Hoppy Tale: The Story of the Easter Bunny

A Hoppy Tale: The Story of the Easter Bunny

Spring has officially sprung! One of the cutest trappings of spring is of course the Easter Bunny, which is the official mascot for the spring holiday. But just who is the Easter Bunny, and where did these stories start? A veterinarian discusses this historic—and adorable—mythical rabbit below.

History

The tale of the Easter Bunny is shrouded in bunny mystery. Some associate the iconic furball with Eostre, the Saxon goddess of spring, to whom—depending on both source and opinion—hares may (or may not) have been sacred. More recently, we have another folk tale, that of the German Lutherans ‘Easter Hare.’ This bunny was a judge who determined whether children had been good or bad. The good kids got toys and candy, delivered by—you guessed it—a bunny carrying a woven basket. (It’s also worth pointing out that bunnies actually can be very judgmental.)

Colored Eggs

Another Easter tradition that is of course associated with the Easter Bunny motif is that of colored eggs. The egg, in many cultures, is associated with spring and fertility. Originally, the eggs likely were colored by being boiled with flowers. Nowadays, food coloring is usually used. Easter egg hunts are still popular. If you host one, be sure to collect all the eggs. This is especially important if you have a dog. Boiled eggs go bad fairly quickly. Unfortunately, this won’t stop Fido from eating them.

March Hare

Before the Easter bunny came hopping along, we had the March Hare. You may have heard the saying ‘Mad as a March hare.’ This is likely associated with the unusual behavior that hares exhibit during their mating season. At this time of year, wild hares may aggressively punch each other, randomly jump for no apparent reason, or just generally act kind of silly.

Bunny Adoption

We really can’t discuss the Easter Bunny without touching on the issue of bunny adoption and subsequent rehoming. It’s still common for people to adopt bunnies as Easter gifts for children. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that bunnies need to chew to keep their teeth healthy. Many new bunny owners get upset when Floppy gnaws on their things. This, sadly, ends up in scores of cute furballs being rehomed a few weeks or months after Easter. Adopt responsibly! Don’t adopt a bunny—or any other pet—unless you’re committed to offering it great care for the rest of its life.

Happy Easter! Contact us, your veterinary clinic, anytime!

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