Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Extremely Rarest Rabbit in the World!

 Assalamualaikum wbt
Sumatran rabbit (Nesolagus netscheri) is one of the world's rarest rabbit ever live. This extremely rabbit is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and was thought to be extinct until it was accidentally photographed in the late 1990s. Even now it is considered the world’s rarest rabbit and is sorely endangered of becoming completely extinct as the population is so low. There aren’t any current estimations as to how many of them are living in the wild.
The rabbit accidentally hopped in front of a camera trap planted by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists in an Indonesian rain forest. The photos, taken in Bukit Barisan National Park, are only the third images of the Sumatran striped rabbit ever recorded; the rabbit was last photographed there in 2000.

Before the first photo was taken in 1998, the foot-long Sumatran striped rabbit had not been seen alive since 1972. Only 15 specimens exist in museums, all dating from before 1929. The rabbit is only known to inhabit the forested, mountainous spine of its island namesake. It is listed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) lists as Critically Endangered.

"This rabbit is so poorly known that any proof of its continued existence at all is great news and confirms the conservation importance of Sumatra's forests," said Colin Poole, director of WCS's Asia Program.

Until recently, the Sumatran striped rabbit was believed to be the sole representative of its genus. In 1999, however, scientists discovered another striped rabbit in the Annamite Mountains, which straddle Lao PDR and Vietnam. Eventhough the two species resemble each other, genetic samples revealed them to be closely related but distinct, having diverged about 8 million years ago.

Was there any special significance to the striped rabbit's Easter-time appearance? The question remains a mystery, but scientists reported that no colored eggs or baskets were found at the study site.

Interesting Fact: The Sumatran Rabbit is so rare and well hidden that the local people don’t even have a name for it in their own language and don’t even realize that it exists.
I wish scientist could catch and breed the rabbits before they totally extinct! 


k said...

How cute. I used to have rabbits when I was younger :)

Usagi said...

sweet! i always like rabbits till now

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