Is the Easter Bunny Peter Rabbit or Peter Cottontail?

Aren’t Peter Rabbit and Peter Cottontail one in the same? Heck no! With Easter right around the corner it is definitely Peter Cottontail that you want coming to visit your home.

So who’s who?

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit is a mischievous young hair that frolics in Mr. McGregor’s garden, much to the farmer’s dismay. He is a fictitious character invented by author and illustrator Beatrix Potter in 1901. Not only has he never delivered an Easter egg, he could probably care less.

Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit

Peter Cottontail

This is the one that will be hopping down trail when Easter is on its way.  Peter Cottontail is the anthropomorphic that is recognized world-wide as the deliverer of Easter baskets filled with candy, chocolate, toys and games. If you have ever been to the mall in early spring, you have seen your share of “Peter’s Helpers” dressed in Easter Bunny Mascot costumes much like the one in the picture, below.

Easter Bunny Mascot

I hope this clears up any confusion. If Peter Rabbit showed up at your house, the best that you’d get is a bunch of half-eaten carrots and rabbit droppings around your house. On the other hand, if Peter Cottontail come on Easter Eve, you can bet you’ll wake up to baskets with chocolate bunnies, jellybeans and other goodies.

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