Friday, June 15, 2007

Survivor: the hare-raising episode

SPOKANE, WASH. — The only surviving pair of endangered pygmy rabbits to have been released in a program to increase their numbers in the wild have dodged coyotes, badgers, hawks and owls — and found time for love.

Scientists announced Thursday that the rabbits had bred.

"We were worried. It took them a little while, but they did what rabbits do best," Rodney D. Sayler, a Washington State University conservation biologist, said from Pullman.

The rabbits, slightly larger than a hand, eat sagebrush and are the only rabbits in the United States that dig their own burrows.

From the Associated Press

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