Except for one thing.
Australia and Australians aren’t best buddies with bunnies. In fact, the little fluffy, furry, foot thumping, floppy eared, warren dwelling mammals are a pain in the fauna in the land down under.
We hate them! It’s illegal to own a rabbit in many Australian states. But why do we have such a problem with them?
Rabbits aren’t native to Australia, but, apparently, in 1859 a Pom (sorry Australia, but he wasn’t anything to do with me) had a dozen breeding pairs of rabbits shipped over from England so he could set them free in his back garden and shoot them! Yes, he wanted to resume his hobby of hunting.
Next, the rabbits started to breed like, well, rabbits, and he obviously wasn’t as good a shot as he could have been. And it turned out that Australia’s climate made the perfect breeding ground for rabbits. Before you could say ‘What’s up doc?’ Australia’s got millions of rabbits.
The problem with that is they eat large volumes of the vegetation causing soil erosion, plant extinction, silt in the waterways, aquatic destruction and this has lead to the death and near extinction of some of Australia’s native species.
The Easter Bilby.
So just recently, sort of late 60’s and gathering momentum, Australia has been ditching the bunny and replacing it with the bilby. What’s a bilby?
He’s a marsupial and about the only thing he has in common with the rabbit is he’s got big ears…..
Although, and am guessing here, I think the big one was the male bilby and the little one was the female. The big one seemed to only have one thing on his mind, which may be the second thing they have in common with rabbits.
Unfortunately, the female didn’t seem interested which may be why they are almost extinct.
But hopefully, thanks to the good work of people like Emily Chandler, the bilby will survive. Here’s one for the kids….
“That’s all folks!”
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