Jabbits are small, herbivorous mammals with a prodigious breeding rate, valuable fur, and ravenous appetites for vegetables and fruit. They are native to many planets, and are believed to have spread throughout the galaxy by stowing away on starships where they are often considered pests. Hunters, and wild predators on Nexus often eat jabbits, while some humans and Aurin like to keep them as pets. Tundra Jabbit Speed Recorded activity of local jabbits in Whitevale show the "tundra" subspecies possesses remarkable speed for such a small mammal.
Jabbits range in size and color depending on their habitat, but share many common qualities and are recognized as a single species despite minor phenotypic differences. All jabbits possess long ears, longer bodies, short legs, and stubby tails. Similarities to the Lopp of Lagos have led some to theorize the jabbits originated on that world as well, but no genetic evidence has been found to back this up. Their planet of origin may remain a mystery, although they are found on many different worlds. Arboria, the Aurin homeworld, was home to a particularly large and intelligent population, and many Aurin brought Arborian jabbits with them to Nexus.
The so-called tundra jabbits of Whitevale reproduce at a staggering rate, increasing the rate of mutation and genetic variance and therefore the rate of evolutionary change. Although they externally resemble their cousins in other regions of Nexus, tundra jabbits have more efficient internal physiology, and are able to survive longer on less food than other jabbits.
Aurin explorers have long used mapjabbits to help survey unexplored areas of the planet. These "mapjabbits" are chosen from the most inquisitive jabblings, the ones most likely to leave their siblings behind and strike out on their own even before their eyes open. Their masters train with them every day, and grow quite attached to them over time. Lost mapjabbits are one of the leading reasons for mild alcoholism among Aurin jabbit enthusiasts.
Jumping Jimmy and His Amazing Mapjabbits was the name of an all-Aurin stringed instrument combo that toured the ships of the Exile Fleet during the long flight from the Dominion. They were not, in fact, mapjabbit trainers, and the trained jabbits famous for being part of their act are now believed to have been surgically implanted with shock pods that allowed Jumping Jimmy to control the jabbits' movements with a hidden thumbstick he frequently wore on his wrist.
Jumping Jimmy and the band were eventually arrested and charged with cruelty to small creatures, one of the few capital offenses under Aurin law. Jumping Jimmy, meta-garglist Bub "Bubbles" Bluebark, percussionist Percussive Pete, and bass meta-garglist Nyal Forestfall were summarily airlocked and their surviving jabbits were released to the care of Jabbits Are Benevolent Buddies (JABB) the leading jabbit welfare organization in the fleet.