WOOLLYHARE/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

WOOLLYHARE

WOOLLYHARE


DESCRIPTION: A plump, moderately large hare with thick, curly fur, rufous limbs and chest, and a back grizzled with a brownish grey, paling to the rump. Its tail is brown above, dirty white below. Its face is grey. The ears are long and grey  with black patches at the tip. It has white eye rings.

BEHAVIOUR: Takes cover in marmot burrows.

DISTRIBUTION: Upper Indus and Upper Sutlej valleys of Jammu & Kashmir (L.o. hypsibius); trans-Himalayan habitats of Ladakh, and Sikkim (L.o. pallipes) at 2,500–5,400 m.

HABITAT: Alpine meadows and plateaus; prefers open, rocky terrain. Shares habitat with O. curzoniae and O. ladacensis, and separate from L. tibetanus, O. macrotis and O. nubrica.

 Size: 40–58 cm,

IUCN Status: Least Concern

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