Rabbits don’t hop

Rabbits don’t hop; they gallop – even to walk.

Most four-legged animals are capable of many different “gait” patterns (to get from place to place). The same is true for human locomotion – and many movements humans are capable of can sometimes look a bit loco (crazy) to others who may not see them for what they really are.

Rabbits and hares are similar but different and so are turtles and tortoises. But many people don’t seem to make distinctions nor even care.

Most people are familiar with a story about a race between a hare and a tortoise – in which the “slow and steady, one step at a time” (diagonal walking gait) tortoise reaches the finish line first.

Rather than going down any “rabbit hole”, not usually mentioned about a tortoise (walking) is the need and willingness to stick its neck out. Continue reading