Lepus brachyurus
Japanese hare

Photograph by Baikada (ばいかだ)


In Japan, there is a proverb “Hare that runs away”. This is a word transmitted from China. The meaning is “Do quickly like the hare that runs away. “

しかし、ニホンノウサギ(Lepus brachyurus)の仔の場合、ちょっと違うようです。
However, it seems to differ for of Japanese hare(Lepus brachyurus)’s juvenile. There are a lot of quiet do not run away to way of the photograph things. The strategy of this is a method of cheating in the protective coloration, and overdoing the enemy. It is freeze! This juvenile became tense very much for the enemy faceing. I’m sorry for taking photograph in the presence.

As for the region where I took this photograph, Japanese hare’s subspecies, Touhoku hare, and Japanese hare seem to live. The difference is whether the hair whitens at the snowfall period or it is leaving brown. This juvenile might be which?

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