Perhaps it was all the Easter stuff in the stores today, but I decided to go with a rabbit for the next letter. Besides being pretty darn cute, rabbits have an excellent sense of smell, hearing and vision. They actually have 360° panoramic vision, which allows them to detect predators in all directions. While they can see everything behind them, like some people, they unfortunately have a small blind-spot when it comes to something right in front of their nose.
Rabbits can sometimes “binky” which is a term used to describe what happens when they reach a state of unadulterated exuberance. In this state, which can also seem like they’re having a full seizure, they’ll twitch their heads and body in different directions and jump high in the air. Though it looks like they’ve turned suddenly insane, a binky moment is just a way to express their joy. Though it might look ridiculous for a human to do the same, it’s enviable that these little creatures can become so instantly happy.
In the wild, rabbits have a ton of predators, and their main line of defense is an incredible ability to reproduce. It’s possible for a female to have up to a 1,000 babies in her lifetime and the female babies can mate as soon as the day after they are born. Though the actual mating is not very romantic by human standards and consists of a male circling the female, showing his tail, sometimes urinating on her, and then completing the act in less than 30 seconds. Strange to be sure, but there you have it. Hope you’re all enjoying the weekend, going binky doing what you love most! Next up is “S” so please shout out your suggestions in the comments!
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M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Gamboge, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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