European Hare
The European hare also known as the brown hare, Eastern Jackrabbit and Eastern prairie hare, is a species of hare
Hares and jackrabbits are leporids belonging to the genus Lepus. Hares less than one year old are called leverets. Four species commonly known as types of hare are classified outside of Lepus: the hispid hare , and three species known as red rock hares .Hares are very fast-moving...

 native to northern, central, and western Europe
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 and western Asia
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. It is a mammal adapted to temperate open country. It is related to the similarly appearing rabbit
Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world...

, which is in the same family but a different genus. It breeds on the ground rather than in a burrow and relies on speed to escape.

Normally shy animals, hares change their behaviour in spring, when they can be seen in broad daylight chasing one another around meadows.