Posted: 2017-12-07 16:08
Rabbit tracks show up well in smooth snow, either deep or shallow. Rabbits have a distinctive way of running, which is reflected in the prints that their feet leave behind. They first put their two front feet down one after the other. Then they vigorously propel their two hind feet forward, well in front of their forefeet. And so it continues: they launch their bodies forward again with their front feet, then once more they shoot their hind feet out in front of their forefeet. So of the oval prints left in the snow, the two at the rear are made by their front feet, while the two side by side in front of them show where their hind feet came down. Thus, unusually,
it is these hind footprints that show the direction in which the rabbit was running. Rabbits are out and about all year round, often at night, and a field of gleaming new snow can be found crisscrossed with their footprints in the morning.
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