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HARES.   45

 

and began to possess the land as if the promise that "the meek shall inherit the earth" was intended only for themselves. They grew into v st armies, eating every green thing that seemed good for them. In spite of guns, and dogs, and fences by the thousands of miles, they could not be kept within bounds. Now they are killed and dressed wholesale and re-turned to England for food purposes.

Our species is not a rabbit, but a hare. There are no rabbits in America, but tame ones brought here for pets. They belong to the same family or group, called Leporidcw, but there are marked differences in structure. Rabbits have shorter ears and shorter hinder legs than hares. Rabbits bring forth their young naked in underground burrows, while hares give birth to fur-covered young in open " forms " or partially exposed coverts. As a family the hares are widely distributed, even extending far up into the treeless polar regions, where they manage to subsist on the dwarf Arctic vegetation. There are about twenty-five species in all the world.

I notice that our "rabbits," as we will call them, are evidently on the lookout for enemies, that may at any time attack them. Owls, hawks, wild-cats, foxes, and weasels are all dis-


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