A farmer has some rabbits and chickens.
Altogether they have 73 heads and 218 feet.
How many rabbits and chickens are there?
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There are 36 rabbits and 37 chickens in the field.
Extension question: How many rabbits and chickens are in a field if the number of legs is three times the number of heads?
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