Science: Rabbitry

Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail had their moments of mischief, but they were generally gentle, carefree and lovable little creatures. In fact, they possessed most of the virtues that real rabbits do not have. For, says Naturalist Ronald M. Lockley in Britain's New Scientist, rabbits are usually unhappy and just as mean as they can manage to be.

The wild rabbits of Britain dig labyrinthine warrens and are hard to study intensively when at large. So Lockley surrounded two one-acre plots of grassy land in Wales with fences, put male and female rabbits in the...

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