How long do hares live ?

It’s known, that hares average lifespan is about 5-7 years, but they can live even 10 years in captivity. All kinds of hares are very fertile by nature: they bring offspring 3-5 times a year, the young grow to maturity also at the age of one year. In one litter there are 2-4 cubs. Little hares are born developed, sighted, but the first few days they avoid moving, hiding in a secluded place. A unique feature of hares is that they throw their offspring to the mercy of fate in a few hours after childbirth. Newborn lynx, once fed by the mother, remain under the bush, but they do not face death from hunger.

The fact is that the hareboys bring offspring simultaneously and any female, after stumbling on a hungry hare, feeds them with milk. This “communism” contributes to the survival of the offspring, because bunny, unlike adults, do not smell. Thus, the absence of the mother next to the cubs makes them “invisible” to the enemies.

Natural enemies have many hares . They are hunted by foxes, lynxes, wolves, coyotes, owls, eagles and other birds of prey. Hare has long been a favorite object of hunting and human. It is mined for meat and fur. Among the many dangers, hares survive mainly because of their fertility.