Bouncing bunnies & hares
If you carrot all about some of natures cutest creatures, Bouncing Bunnies and Hares is the place to be for thumping feet and jumping legs. Hop into all things rabbit by saying hello to Harriet, our resident hare [Lepus sp.] and Smudge, our dutch rabbit [Oryctolagus cuniculus]. Museum naturalists will guide little paws to meet and greet Harriet, Smudge, and visiting rabbits including kittens. And, practice hopping like your fluffy friends!
There will be information for guests of all ages including those with receding harelines, with fun facts such as:
· Rabbits live in underground burrows called warrens while hares live in nests aboveground.
· A baby hare is called a leveret and a baby rabbit is called a kitten. Bunny is actually an endearing term that can be used for both rabbits and hares.
· Rabbits are clearly distinguished from hares in that rabbits are altricial, meaning their young are born blind and hairless, while the offspring of hares generally have hair and can see.
Bounce into the Naturalist Lab to make rabbit and hare magnets and a bunny mask. Curious little ones can also listen to bunny tails such as Five Little Bunnies by Linda Hayward, Jackalope by Jane Stevens and the perennial favorite The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. Plush bunnies will be available for purchase in Trails End Gift Shop.
Is your nose twitching yet? Visit www.charlottenaturemuseum.org for more information.
Creature Features, supported by The Guild of Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum, are monthly special events and include crafts, puppet shows and storytelling. Creature Feature activities are free with Museum admission. Admission: $6 ages two and older, younger-than-two and Members are free. Parking is free.
Charlotte Nature Museum is located at 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. Hours are: Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.; Sunday noon 5:00 p.m.; and closed on Monday.
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