European hare

 

Generally nocturnal and shy in nature, hares change their behaviour in the spring, when they can be seen in broad daylight chasing one another around in fields.

This is usually not competition between males, but a female hitting a male, either to show she is not yet ready to mate or as a test of his determination.

The female nests in a depression on the surface of the ground rather than in a burrow, and the young are active as soon as they are born.

Litters may consist of three or four young and a female can bear three litters a year, with hares living for up to twelve years. The breeding season lasts from January to August.

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