The Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Just the other day I had a chance encounter with an Eastern Cottontail Rabbit. To my surprise it was large, easily twice the size of our Brush Cottontail Rabbits down Southern California. According to Wikipedia that makes sense as a Brush Rabbit rarely weighs over 2 pounds. The Eastern Cottontail Rabbit on the other hand can weigh as much as 4.4 pounds.

Eastern Cottontail RabbitEastern Cottontail Rabbit

Although the light was terrible and the area mosquito infested, I decided to stick around and get in a few images. To my surprise the rabbit got comfortable with my presence fairly rapidly. This  allowed me to observe it behaving naturally and relatively stress free. Rabbits are prey and in a region with a heavy population of Red Fox, these bundle of furs never let their guard down.

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