The observable features help us to describe animals. Small distinguishing features help us to tell the difference between a rabbit and a hare. Rabbits have long ears, big eyes, thick fur and short bob tails. They are good runners and jumpers and have back legs bigger than their front legs. However, this description also fits a hare. They look so similar, that it is easy to confuse them. Hares have slightly longer black-tipped ears. Differences can also be seen in the babies - baby hares have fur, open eyes and can run within a few minutes of being born. By contrast, baby rabbits are blind, bald and stay in the nest for the first few days of their lives.

First broadcast:
3 March 2008

This clip could be used at the start of a lesson looking at comparing features of plants and animals. The children could watch the clip and take notes about the features mentioned of both the rabbit and a hare. They could then use these notes to design a classification key or branching database to separate and identify similar animals such as a rabbit and a hare. The children could then be given images of different plants and animals and they could use their observational skills to do the same.