Thursday, February 8, 2018

Twenty four X millions...



"The introduction of a few (24) rabbits could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a spot of hunting" so said Thomas Austin in 1859.
 
How wrong he was! Looking at the shot below would you have spotted it? I didn't but P did! They are so darned cute with their big ears and twitchy noses but since that fateful introduction they began breeding.. like rabbits!  Despite the building of the 3256km Rabbit proof fence (an interesting read) between 1901-1907 rabbits are now a declared pest in WA causing much damage to coastal dune vegetation. A successful rabbit control program carried out at various points along the coast concluded in a 92% reduction, if you want to know how read here. In a totally irrational way I'm kind of glad this fella survived :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. I added a few other things spotted on our coast walk, Perthites are so enthusiastically energetic at 6.00 am :)
 

28 comments:

  1. Yes, they're cute, but they certainly caused problems Down Under with their numbers.

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  2. A lot going on at 6 AM already! I'm usually still sleeping at that time.
    I feel sorry for the rabbits but I know they are a pest in large numbers. Never imagined they could be found by the beach dune.
    I've seen the rabbit proof fence but always thought that rabbits would be able to jump that fence.

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  3. Yay for that lucky bunny.

    I guess people get their exercise done before it gets too hot?

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  4. Cute but annoying lol, I have some that I can't keep out my backyard. I see their tracks in the snow every morning and I think they're having a party in my yard each night.

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  5. 6am is way too early to be doing anything other than sleeping. I feel bad for the rabbits, they are cute but if they are causing problems then it has to be dealt with.

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  6. All that exercise can't be good for a person. If God wanted me to go fast, he would have put little wheels on my feet. Rabbits are a problem in parts of Florida, too. Some lovely early morning photos, Grace. What in the world were you doing up so early? :) The only reason to get up that early is to play golf!

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  7. Unintended consequences! Like the mongoose in Hawaii. Always a pleasure to stroll your Perth with you, dear

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  8. A cute little guy! I'm glad he survived too. I have quite a few in my neighborhood, but every once in awhile I see a hawk making a meal from one of them. I guess the hawks keep the population down a bit.

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  9. Oh my goodness, P has a good eye! That cute little guy is hard to see. I can so understand how a foreign species introduced to a new environment can create havoc. And, rabbits multiply like crazy!

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  10. Nice to see people getting out and enjoying the scenery, as for the rabbits they are much the same here, they breed like flies and destroy the environment.

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  11. I would never have spotted it. They are so cute but I know they are a problem. I have read the book and seen the film, both excellent.

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  12. They are so cute but not in the millions! I am not a happy or very talkative camper at 6 am if I am awake. ;-)

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  13. The rabbit proof fence did not work. Heard of the ecological disaster of introduced rabbits. They have also over run parts of Scotland. Interesting shots of people involved in their athletic sports.

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  14. Gotta watch those rabbits, They'll take over WA.

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  15. Sadly we are always one or more steps behind with rabbit control, along with so many other foreign flora and fauna.

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  16. It sounds a little like starling birds that were brought to the U.S. only your bunnies are far cuter. ("Rabbit Proof Fence" was also an interesting movie that we recently saw again.)

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  17. Good to see that everyone doesn't spend all day in front of a screen.

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  18. Belas fotografias e muito bem "apanhado" o coelho.
    Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

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  19. Rabbits look so cute it is hard to think of them as vermin.

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  20. They are cute but that digging holes they shouldn't do. They are a danger in our dikes too. But everything is under control. When I look at all that gymnastics on the beach, I feel tired already... :)

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  21. Indeed cute and a pest, Grace. P sure has sharp eyes :-)

    Even in the west of Braunschweig, rabbits everywhere.
    Wow, that sure is discipline, being sportive at 6 am! But at the beach I´d join :-)

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  22. So funny, I posted about some of my bunnies today too. They are actually helping me with my future garden bed cleaning. They are really hungry these cold frozen days!

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  23. Cute as they are they are pests here as well

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  24. What are you doing up and out at 6 a.m. to photograph these energetic folks?

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  25. Yes, they're cute, but they certainly caused problems Down Under with their numbers.

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  26. We raised one after my dad almost ran over their nest with a lawn mower.

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