Animals In Appalachia Appalachia Folklore

Funny Rabbits

my life in appalachia rabbits

Chitter snapped this picture out her bedroom window.

Mr. Cottontail pranced back and forth so long that we decided he must have been posing for her or laughing at us because he just ate the tops off all of my beans.

I tried to remember all the rabbit folklore I knew to share with you, but only 2 things came to mind: the obvious a lucky rabbit foot; and you shouldn’t kill rabbits to eat until after the first few heavy frosts in fall to make sure any wolves (parasites) on the rabbit are gone.

I checked with Frank C. Brown to see if he had any good ones to add:

  • A rabbit cannot be trapped in a new box trap-you must use old boards to make the box
  • If a rabbit being chased by dogs stops and licks his paws-the dogs will never find him (I know a beagle down the hill who would disagree with this one)
  • Seeing a rabbit while fishing is bad luck
  • On the first day of the month say Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit and you’ll get a present before you know it (I hope all of you will be saying Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit with me on the first of the month)

Seeing Mr. Cottontail out Chitter’s window reminded me of some of her silly videos from snap chat that make her look like a rabbit.

Click on the video to start it and then click on it again to end it.

Aren’t I just a pretty little rabbit? I think my ears are to big though. So I’m thinking about having just a little bit of bunny botox!

I’m just a little rabbit. They told me I could be anything. So do you know? Do you know what I said? I said, bite like a spider, run and sting like a rabbit!

Let me tell you something in rabbit world. I just saw my best friend Benny’s foot hanging on a chain in a little treasure shop. That’s messed up its not lucky for the rabbit!

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Hope you enjoyed the silliness and if you’ve got any other rabbit folklore please share it.

Tipper

 

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20 Comments

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    Larry Griffith
    May 25, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I use to hear the expression, he worked a rabbit’s foot on me, which meant you got tricked or out foxed.

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    Larry Griffith
    May 25, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I use to hear the expression, he worked a rabbit’s foot on me, which meant you got tricked or out foxed.

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    Larry Griffith
    May 25, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I use to hear the expression, he worked a rabbit’s foot on me, which meant you got tricked or out foxed.

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    Larry Griffith
    May 25, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I use to hear the expression, he worked a rabbit’s foot on me, which meant you got tricked or out foxed.

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    JustAnOldGuy
    May 21, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Here’s one to add to your bunny lore. If you jump a rabbit in the woods stand very still; it will run in a wide circle and eventually return to the spot where you jumped him. I was skeptical about this until it happened to me while squirrel hunting. Rabbit season wasn’t open yet so the rabbit’s circle had no penalty for him. Oh yeah, saying, “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” on the first day of the month is even more effective if it’s intoned as you turn the page of the calendar to the new month.

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    Leslie Haynie
    May 20, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I say rabbit, rabbit, rabbit the first of the month too.

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    RB
    May 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I remember our Granddad saying that about a rabbit not being lucky if his foot was on a chain. LOL
    I don’t think we have many rabbits down her in the NC Sandhills. I wonder why. Maybe the sand is too loose to make good tunnels out of, although the moles seem to do pretty well with it. LOL
    God bless.
    RB
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    Ed Ammons
    May 20, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I saw some more of Miss Chitter’s funny little videos on YouTube or summers.
    You don’t eat rabbit in a month that doesn’t have an R in it. It might have wolves.
    Rabbits can go into shock when frightened. You’ll think they are dead. Sometimes you can revive them.

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    Wanda Devers
    May 20, 2017 at 10:46 am

    So cute! I love animals but we have a constant battle to keep our garden from being devoured. We’ve put up an electric fence but I think the squirrels have learned to jump over it.
    I was thinking of the saying, “mad as a march hare”. They do run around like mad sometimes–maybe it’s their mating season.
    We have been invaded by groundhogs–so cute but they have reproduced and I actually saw one chasing my neighbor’s cat. My carnivore son has killed one and is planning on cooking it–he thinks I’m going to taste it!!

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    B. Ruth
    May 20, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Tipper,
    Are those bunny ears? These are cute….however some I have seen are downright “skeery”!
    There is one about road rage that sent shivers up my spine. Guess I’m getting too old to see the humor in that one!
    I haven’t seen any “wild white rabbits or white unicorns” in my neck of the woods lately….always a bad sign if I do! Ha Sure sign I took my HBP medicine wrong or double dosed myself in the early morning by mistake!
    Later Tipper,
    PS….getting hot today, better replant those beans early this morning, if you haven’t already!

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    Tamela
    May 20, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Wondering when the Frank C. Brown book was written . . . could that third one have originated during the Jimmy Carter administration? 😉
    My husband was a Scoutmaster for almost 20 years and his scouts, when sitting around the campfire at night, if the smoke started wafting over them would say “I hate rabbits” over and over and they “swore” the smoke would shift so that they would no longer had it hovering around them irritating their eyes and noses.
    Of course, that meant the scouts elsewhere around the campfire would soon be chanting “I hate rabbits”. . . .

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    Ken
    May 20, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Tipper,
    Those girls are hilarious in those rabbit skits. They’re just like that in person too. I hope they have a nice time in Robbinsville and in Murphy on Sunday. …Ken

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    Dee Parks
    May 20, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Oops, forgot I had heard of a rabbits foot bringing luck and I also had heard the story of Brer Rabbit and saw the Disney film too. I still like to sing that song Zippety Do Da……………

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    Dee Parks
    May 20, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Never heard any of the rabbit trivia but the skits were funny. My daddy was a bird and squirrel hunter so I mostly had delicious quail, pheasant or squirrel fried up with milk gravy and biscuits. Oh how delicious. Don’t remember eating rabbit but my daddy would say “where is that whittle rabbit?” Looking for me when I was a toddler. I always loved rabbits until one morning when I was in my 50’s, looked out our bay front window and saw this precious little bunny sitting right near the flower bed in front of our house. I had spent the day before planting marigolds all around the border of the front and side of the house, I blinked my eyes in disbelief and ran outside to double check… yep, all that was left was the stem of the marigolds standing like soldiers around the border. That warm sweet feeling toward bunnies vanished and a different personality emerged. I discovered bunnies do not like to get hair in their mouth any more than we do, so the lady that cut my hair gave me a bunch of hair which I sprinkled over my replanted marigolds and “Wala” no more disappearing flowers.

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    Ron Stephens
    May 20, 2017 at 9:44 am

    You can stop a running rabbit by whistling like a hawk. (This works but not all the time )
    We grew up calling the life everlasting plant ‘rabbit tobacco’ but I never heard any explanation. Many years ago I worked with an old nan who called the thin ribbons of ice that freeze on the base of weed stalks ‘rabbit ice’.

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    Jim Casada
    May 20, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Tipper–I’m afraid that cottontail would have met a woeful end (lead poisoning) if he ate the tops out of my beans and I could get a bead on him. My tolerance level for critters that take food off the table and destroy hours of labor is pretty well nil.
    My problems include rabbits, deer (by far my biggest issue), squirrels, and ‘coons. The latter two are particularly tough on corn just when it reaches the milky stage where it’s time to pull the first roasting ears. One other problem, and it involves any tomato they can reach as well as melons, is terrapins (box turtles). On more than one occasion I’ve caught the rascals on their hind legs, with their leathery old necks stretched full length, biting into a ripe, juicy tomato.
    Of course there are potato beetles, cutworms, horn worms, aphids, bean beetles, Japanese beetles, and all sorts of insect problems. It’s a wonder I ever get a garden raised because the animal world seems to have made an alliance against me.
    Jim Casada

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    Shirl
    May 20, 2017 at 9:08 am

    It’s funny seeing someone so cute do those silly videos. No folklore here. It is true that if a person is carrying a rabbit’s foot they will have good luck. That means a three legged rabbit can’t do as much damage to our garden!

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    Sheryl Paul
    May 20, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Cute photos, will say rabbit, rabbit on June 1st for sure.

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    Jack
    May 20, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Sorry to hear about Benny’s foot. That is messed up. . .More rabbit trivia: When you have a sudden chill or shiver, I have heard the expression ” a rabbit ran across your grave”.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 20, 2017 at 6:33 am

    That bunny is cute but that Chitter Bunny is cuter, in fact those little skits are hilarious!

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