Science Fun of the Week
(April 7th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Confectionary rabbit auricular amputation.
From the Introduction:
“Multiple reports and images of confectionary rabbits with traumatic auricular amputations occur annually. It appears that chocolate rabbits are most likely to suffer from this trauma. One survey found that 59% of the 28,113 respondents preferred to eat chocolate rabbits starting with the ears, 33% indicated that they had no starting point preference, and 4% indicated that they started with the tail or feet. It has been speculated that traumatic auricular amputation in chocolate rabbits spikes during the spring. (…) The most common predators appear to be humans of all ages. However, prior studies have not examined differences in rates by characteristics such as sex, age, or body mass index of the human predator. Because the number of rabbit-eating predators does not appear to increase during the spring, an in-depth analysis was performed to determine whether an issue of seasonality exists in traumatic auricular amputations in rabbits.”
Read the rest of the article here.