When they are frightened, Brush Rabbits often thump the ground with a hind foot and may also squeal. These very small cottontails use burrows dug by other animals as escape routes, and sometimes climb into shrubs or low trees to avoid capture. They live in dense, brushy areas and look carefully for signs of danger before venturing into the open. They are gregarious when foraging, but when they are resting they maintain a small personal space and keep other rabbits out.
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Original description: Waterhouse, G.R., 1838. Original description of Lepus Bachmani. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, pp. 103-105.