“They’re obviously Easter bunnies! Doesn’t everyone eat the ears first?
I seriously doubt that that is the cause, because the bunnies were found at a villager’s home in Chengkou County of Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality.
The owner said that the mother rabbit had had many normal births in the past and it was only this time the new-born were different.
One wag said, “They’re obviously Easter bunnies! Doesn’t everyone eat the ears first?”
Another commented (and this makes sense to me): “First, these are not “newborn” bunnies… these rabbit kits are at least 4 weeks old. What MOST PROBABLY happened is the mother rabbit, OR another bun that was housed with the mother rabbit, chewed the baby buns’ ears off at birth or soon after their births. This is not an uncommon thing that sometimes happens when breeding rabbits.”
Here’s another article, from 2008 no less, talking about an earless rabbit and the fact the the mother rabbit could have been the culprit.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1100030/Whats-Doc-Meet-Vincent-rabbit-born-ears.html (Thanks to Yonaton Hyland for this link)
So, what do we have here?
- Is this a mutation, or just a quirk of nature?
- Have they lost their hearing entirely?
- Do they have smaller ears underneath their fur?
- I don’t know the answer to these questions, but I seriously doubt that it has anything to do with radiation.
It would be interesting to learn if their offspring – if any – are born with functioning ears.