Four arctic hares hiding among the rocks

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The Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) is a small, fur-covered mammal that lives in a cold environment. Like other hares, it has long ears, a short tail, long hind legs and a recycling digestive system. But this hare is also superbly adapted -- both structurally and behaviourally -- to life in the severe conditions of the Far North.

People have long lived alongside Arctic hares (Lepus arcticus), and have found them both useful and beautiful. Ancient, traditional and contemporary ways of life have all relied on the Arctic hare for practical items and food, and people have also incorporated the Arctic hare into their art and culture. Even travellers from other places are impressed by encounters with these intriguing mammals.

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