A couple of days ago we spotted them — the “Easter bunnies” on the lawn in front of our office. Unfortunately, they didn’t bring us any chocolate eggs, we would have been delighted 🤓.
But what is it exactly about the Easter bunny and the Easter eggs?
The belief that Easter eggs are colored and hidden by animals goes back to the 16th century and is not limited to rabbits: in Tyrol, for example, there was the Easter hen, in some federal states the Easter rooster or even the fox were responsible, in Switzerland the cuckoo hid the eggs and in Thuringia the stork. Eggs are also popular beyond Easter: in 2021, an average of 238 eggs were eaten per capita in Germany. That corresponds to about 1.7 kg of protein.
But the hare can also be quite different: while foxes can transmit rabies to humans, in the case of hares it is the so-called rabbit plague (tularemia). Transmission usually occurs through direct contact of live or dead animals. The course of the disease in humans is severe and often life-threatening. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), between 20 and 30 cases of the disease have been reported annually in Germany in recent years. Hunters are frequently affected.
Our recommendation: it is better not to touch hares living in the wild — whether dead or alive. We clearly suggest contact with chocolate bunnies.