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The Rabbits Are Taking Over

 
 
Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 05:18 pm
sealers brought rabbits to macquarie island (one of the sub-antarctic islands) in 1878 to provide them with fresh meat .
the sealers eventually left - but the rabbits stayed and took over .
so they tried to kill off the rabbits and brought cats in to help get rid of the cats .
the cats also ate the seabirds - so they got rid of the cats .
now the rabbits have taken over again and are eating the last piece of greenery on the island ... ... and they are trying to get rid of the rabbits again ... ...
anyone want to guess who is going to win this battle eventually ?
perhaps someone should consider setting up a rabbit breeding business - rabbits are mighty fine eating - there should be a good market for them in europe .
hbg

a german rabbit breeder with a "super rabbit"

http://blog.jinbo.net/files1/33/CINA/images/200701/121244111.jpeg

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The removal of cats in 2000 caused "catastrophic" damage to the ecology of a sub-Antarctic island, a study says.

Since cats were removed from Macquarie Island, rabbit numbers have soared, and the animals are now devastating plants.

Cats previously kept a check on rabbits but were eradicated because they were also eating seabirds, scientists relate in the Journal of Applied Ecology.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7824153.stm
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 05:23 pm
@hamburger,
There's only one thing to be done with that Super Rabbit. Send it to Australia.
hamburger
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 05:28 pm
@roger,
dutchy wouldn't welcome the super rabbits - he'd have a nightmare !!!

btw the german "super rabbits" were bred some 20 years ago to feed the hungry of the world - but those rabbits were pretty hungry themselves .
hbg

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margo
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 08:05 pm
Macquarie Island is a Tasmanian state reserve, managed by the Tasmanian Parks and WIldlife Service - so already belongs to Oz.

Australian Antarctic Division has a base there:
http://www.aad.gov.au/default.asp?casid=7151
hamburger
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 08:51 pm
@margo,
dutchy will be even less pleased , i'm sure Wink
hbg

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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jan, 2009 02:33 am
@roger,
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Re: hamburger (Post 3531625)
There's only one thing to be done with that Super Rabbit. Send it to Australia.


Sorry, Gustav has ordered the first dozen - and this from the man who claimed "When you go sheep, they NEVER sleep".
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dadpad
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jan, 2009 04:00 am
I can't see any rabbits

http://www.aad.gov.au/asset/webcams/macca/default.asp
margo
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jan, 2009 08:19 pm
@dadpad,
Cain't see no rabbbits, either!

Sheesh! Hospitable looking place! No sun at all!
Temperature 0.0ÂșC. Wind 33km/h NW. Wed 14 Jan 2009 1:15pm

Them seals ain't doin' much! This time last week there were lots more seals - and a heap of penguins!
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hamburger
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jan, 2009 08:25 pm
i bet those rabbits are "publicity shy" .
they'll probably file a petition with APS asking to be left alone .
hbg
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