A Cape hare will return to its form day after day, and
will sleep lying in exactly the same position: it is only
when under stress that it may take alternative refuge in
the underground burrow of some other animal. After dark
it emerges to feed on grasses and sometimes on other plants.
The upper incisors are long and chisel-like and they grow
throughout the hare's lifetime. When two males fight, (usually
when a female is on heat), they stand on their hindlegs
and slash at each other with the claws of their forefeet.
Their behavior when they are angry includes the grinding
of teeth, drumming of forefeet and stamping of hindfeet.
Despite their name, Cape hares occur throughout Africa,
as well as many parts of the Middle East and Asia. Usually
two young are born: they are precocial, being born fully
haired with their eyes open, in a form in a clump of grass
or under a bush. In the early stages of life they do not
seem to have a body scent, as they are passed over by dogs.
They develop very quickly, and are weaned and independant
at about a month old.