The rabbit’s hind legs are attached to a two-wheeled base. The ears and all four legs are moveable and firmly interconnected by means of a metal bar. A system attached to the wheel axle makes the whole body jump.

Until the 19th century, 80 percent of the population was rural and thus came into direct contact with animals. We find they occur quite naturally as a reflection of society in the world of toys. All the animals used in village economy can be found as pull or push toys. Farm animals were also cut out from simpler shapes and collected in a box.

Today, manufacturers are once again making wooden toys, animals for pulling in bright colours in response to modern tastes as well as reproductions of toys by artists like Benjamin Rabier (1864-1939). Small children still enjoy boxes of wooden farm animals that provide an opportunity for tiny city dwellers to play with animals often encountered only in petting zoos.
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