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FLEMISH GIANT RABBIT

Scientific Name: Oryctologus cuniculus
Order
Lagomorpha

Family
Leporidae

Habitat & Range
The Flemish giant originated in Flanders, a northern community of Belgium. They have become largely domesticated and now exist worldwide. Their natural habitat is grassy fields and forests.

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Name: JACK (male); HOPS (female); HOLLY (female)
Location: Education Department (behind the scenes)
Born: Jack - 10/31/2013; Hops - 07/17/2009; Holly - 12/24/2013
Arrived at EPZ: Jack and Holly - 03/16/2014; Hops - 11/10/2009
 
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Identification
As one of the largest rabbit breeds, the Flemish giant weighs an average of 13 to 22 pounds. The fur is dense and glossy, ranging in color between black, fawn, sandy, gray and white. They have a long body with broad hindquarters and males have a massive head compared to females.

Diet
Like other rabbits, Flemish giants feed on leafy vegetables. They are prone to kidney stones, thus commercial diets must avoid excess protein, calories and salt. They must be fed in moderation, as overfeeding commonly leads to obesity. The recommended diet is two cups of chopped vegetables per six pounds of body weight.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Flemish giants can breed when they reach 9 months. They must breed before they reach 12 months due to fusing of the pelvic bones, which can hinder their ability to give birth naturally. The gestation period is 28 to 32 days and results in a litter of 5 to 12.

The average lifespan of a Flemish giant is estimated at 4 to 6 years.

Fantastic Fact
Gentle Giants
Flemish giants are very docile and tolerant of handling. Their patience with humans and low-maintenance grooming requirements make them a popular learning tool for many 4-H groups in teaching children responsibility in the care and handling of pets.

 
 
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