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Rabbits USA Editor’s Note: Cute And Complex, Who Knew?

By Marylou Zarbock

I’ve been a fan of rabbits since, well, as far back as I can recall. I think my affinity to the little furries began with Bugs Bunny, Peter Rabbit and the Easter Bunny. Really, though, who can resist the cuteness of a rabbit? They’re warm, furry and have eyes full of soul. What’s not to love?

Five years ago, I began working on Critters USA magazine, which runs a rabbit article in each issue. After a lifetime of admiring rabbits and five years of reading about them, I thought I knew pretty much all there was to know about rabbits. When I took over as editor of Rabbits USA this year, I realized how wrong I was.

In all their cuteness, rabbits are also very complex creatures. This magazine goes beyond the basics of what to feed them and how to house them (which are quite different from dog or cat needs). I enjoyed learning more about the breeds, and I never knew that the maturity of a rabbit’s coat  could change the grooming needs for it. Although I was aware that a rabbit’s back could easily be broken, I didn’t realize that rabbit skin is so delicate and prone to puncture wounds. Did you know that nearly a million rabbits are entered in rabbit shows every year? That’s a lot of rabbits! Many more facts await you in the pages ahead. I hope you enjoy expanding your knowledge of rabbits as much as I did.  It seems that it’s impossible to know everything.

Another great part about doing Rabbits USA is the photo contest, because so many great photos were sent. Some readers even sent us letters with stories about their pets. Those were wonderful to read. I’ve shared a couple here.

Please feel free to contact us to share your rabbit’s story and to tell us what you think about the magazine. What did you like about this issue? What didn’t you like? We want to know!  You can reach us at Rabbits USA, Editorial Department, P.O. Box 6050, Mission Viejo, CA 92690 or send us an e-mail at Thanks, and happy reading!

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