Sauteur d’Alfort rabbits walk on their front legs, as opposed to hopping on their hind legs.
Scientists finally have an explanation as to why this species has such a peculiar gait.
The ‘hand-standing’ rabbits walk on their forelegs because of a genetic mutation, a PLoS study found.
Sauteur d’Alfort rabbits, also known as Alfort jumping rabbits, have a peculiar way of moving.
Instead of hopping on their hind legs, like other bunnies, the Sauteur d’Alfort rabbits lift their back legs from the ground and ‘hand-stand’ on their forelegs.
They then scurry forward on their front paws, maintaining their balance.
Ever since the species was first discovered in 1935,