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The origin story of domesticated rabbits may be all wrong

The path from wild rabbit to fluffy bunny is much more mysterious than we thought.

fluffy bunny

It's so fluffy I'm gonna die!

For decades, it’s been common knowledge that French monks domesticated the rabbit in 600 AD. At the time, then-Pope Gregory had decreed that rabbit fetuses were safe for Christians to eat during because (somehow) they technically weren’t meat. So the monks started keeping bunnies around, and after millenia of selective breeding

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