Ian, the "cottontail" as you call it is still a rabbit. All the rabbit
specis are related by family, ie lagamorph. As well as gardening, I also own
a pet store and sell many different breeds of rabbits. Several breeds have
their roots in Europe, as well. I have found that most specis react in
similar ways to garden deterrants. None of my Iris fans have so much as a
nibble mark on them.
Iris Kern, Milw, WI.