If you have pet rabbits then you might have wondered, How high can rabbits jump? because you don’t want your cute pet to hop and run away on the road. No one wants their rabbits to escape outside its dangerous for them because they have many predators.
Rabbits are known for their hopping it is also a way of transportation for rabbits as they do not walk like other animals. Rabbits are designed for powerful bursts of speed, and big acrobatic jumps.
The powerful hind legs of rabbits give them speed and agility and are a rabbit’s main defense against predators. The hind limbs of the rabbit are longer than the front limbs. This allows them to produce their hopping form of locomotion.
How high can a rabbit jump?
It turns out, that this question is not easy to answer because wild and domestic rabbits have very different jumping capabilities. And even different breeds of domestic rabbits have different jumping or hoping capabilities.
The jumping habits of domesticated rabbits have been thoroughly observed and recorded but we can’t say the same thing about wild rabbits.
Wild rabbits are capable of hoping and jumping more than domestic rabbits, they can also run faster than domestic rabbits.
Domesticated rabbits normally can jump up to 2 feet this is because of the following reasons-
1. They are well-fed and well cared for, which makes them fatter and heavier than the usual weight.
2. Domesticated rabbits don’t have any predators to run from to unlock their full running capabilities.
3. When caged, there’s not much space for pet bunnies to jump and enhance their skills.
How high can a wild rabbit jump?
As they stay in the wild, they follow some instincts to protect themselves from their predators. When they are in danger, they can jump around 15 feet horizontally and 6 feet vertically to save themselves from coyotes, raccoons, and snakes.
But don’t get excited and fascinated because these are not the official records they are observed to jump this high by some people in the wild. There is proof required but we can definitely say that wild rabbits can jump much higher than pet rabbits for sure.
The official world record for rabbit jumping.
Thanks to the many competitions rabbit jumping have now become a sport throughout the world. The official world record for the rabbit high jump currently stands at 99.5cm (39.2 in & 3.2 feet).
The Guinness Book of World Records has listings for two impressive rabbit jumping skills. A world record for “highest rabbit jump” goes to Mimrelunds Tösen, a rabbit owned by Tine Hygom of Denmark. With a strict vertical jump, Mimrelunds was able to clear a massive 39.2-inches!
Another Denmark rabbit, Yabo, is the winner of the world record for “the longest jump by a rabbit.” Handled by Maria Brunn Jensen, Yabo was able to prove an impressive jump of 3 meters, or 9 feet 9.6 inches.
Rabbits can jump over 3 feet (about 1m) high but there are personal reports of rabbits jumping as high as 4 feet.