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Type Rabbit
Gender Female
Age Child
Family Mr. Rabbit (father)
Mrs. Rabbit (mother)
Peter Rabbit (brother)
Flopsy (sister)
Mopsy (sister)
Friends Unknown
Rivals Mr. McGregor
Mrs. McGregor
Occupation Student
Residence Big Fir Tree, Wood
Interests Playing

Cottontail is introduced in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.


Cottontail is is a well-behaved little bunny who tries to stay out of trouble. She is the daughter of Mr. Rabbit and Mrs. Rabbit and has three siblings--an older bother, Peter Rabbit, and two sisters, Flopsy and Mopsy. She lives with her mother and siblings in a sandbank underneath the root of a Big Fir Tree. Her father passed away at the hands of Mr. McGregor and his wife, Mrs. McGregor. She typically wears a pink coat.


The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Cottontail listens as Mrs. Rabbit warns her and her siblings to stay out of Mr. McGregor's Garden and reminds them that their father, Mr. Rabbit suffered an "accident" there. After Mrs. Rabbit leaves to the Bakery, Cottontail and her sisters go down the lane to pick blackberries. At the end of the tale, Cottontail and her sisters have a yummy supper of bread, milk, and blackberries.

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

Cottontail is mentioned in The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, when Mrs. Rabbit calls to her to fetch more chamomile. At the end of the tail, she helps Peter Rabbit fold the pocket-handkerchief.