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Cute Widdo Guy

Updated on October 17, 2010
Cute widdo guy?
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Yeah, I’m sure all of you are just about overcome with affection and warmth for this cute widdo guy. Probably because you’re thinking it’s the sweetest little baby bunny you ever saw, perched atop a checked tablecloth.

Wrong.

This is an image from a recent cable news feed from the central west district of Western Australia. It is a photo shot from a crop-duster plane high above a gridded Perenjori wheat farm, on the pilot’s daring near approach to a gargantuan hare running amok across the planted hectares of farmland.

Rabbits have infested Australia since the 1860s. Brought in by a former Brit as sport hunting game, they arrived in a habitat ideally suited to them, with few natural predators. As a result, millions of bunnies soon covered the outback. The specimen we see here happens to be one of the largest ever recorded. Local leporidopterists estimate him — or her: no one’s gotten close enough to check gender — to be about 50 meters (165 feet) in overall length and roughly 20,000 kilograms (22 tons) in weight, bounding about on four very unlucky rabbit’s feet! 

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    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR

      rickzimmerman 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks, poetvix! (You're pretty cute yourself.)

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      poetvix 

      8 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      While I totally agree with the message so cleverly presented here about messing with the natural order of mother nature, I have to say, "the widdo guy" is still really cute no matter how large and destructive he is!

    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR

      rickzimmerman 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Pamela: Most states now have long lists of species — insects, shellfish, fish, mammals, birds, plants — that they'd like to keep out of the state if at all possible, because of the likelihood of this kind of habitat or wildlife destruction.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Good article. It is amazing how man has messed up nature doing just that. For instance, GA never had coyotes until they were brought in for the fox hunters as the fox populations was getting scare. Now GA is loaded with coyotes since they have about 9 with every litter.

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      Laura Izett 

      8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      I love rabbits. I used to breed them and as you might guess that was really easy- lol. great hub.

    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR

      rickzimmerman 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks, Nell! (I'm sure I've got a hub about Bigfoot somewhere . . . .)

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, erm! maybe you should send bigfoot over there, it would be something for him to eat! ha ha

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