Last year, we posted about the feral rabbit population living under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The group of bunnies ended up there after a few domestic rabbits who either escaped or were dumped started breeding.
Now, two groups are working towards a solution to this feral population boom. Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority are trapping the rabbits and finding them homes after Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital spays/neuters and vaccinates them.
According to Dr. Deepa Gopinath, senior surgical teaching registrar at Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, “The desexing of the Dawes Point Park bunnies has been invaluable for our students as they experience hands-on surgery and it has been great to be actively involved in this very necessary community welfare project.”
For more info, see: Sydney Central.
Athletic Fields at the University of Victoria have been damaged by about 150 feral rabbits, causing a potential hazard for student athletes. As a result university officials have decided to round up the rabbits and have them sterilized and relocated.
The school hired a wildlife damage-control company to remove the rabbits to an animal sanctuary.
The plan is to create rabbit free zones around the school and reduce the rabbit population to a manageable level.
Read more at The Times Colonist.
Australia has been burdened with a wild rabbit population disrupting its native ecology since the 1800s. But now they face yet another rabbit problem in Sydney.
This time, a group of feral rabbits, which started out as someone’s pets that they dumped, is taking over the grassy area under Sydney Harbour Bridge.
While tourists find the furry critters to be endearing, especially as Easter approaches, something will need to be done to stop the family from breeding further.
Feral rabbit population booms in cities have been increasingly more common, as seen in many cities like Kelowna, Richmond, Helsinki and more.
For more info, see: news.com.au
A wild rabbit has grown bold and has begun venturing into the rhino habitat at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales, Australia (400 km northwest of Sydney). The rabbit, called Robby, waits for the rhinos to eat their fill and then eats the seeds.
For more info: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1083776/Pictured-The-moment-2lb-rabbit-comes-face-face-2-ton-rhino.html
Once her husband and three children had safely evacuated, Leanne Bieg of South Australia ran back inside her burning home to rescue their new pet rabbit. The rabbit survived, and the family is being treated for smoke inhalation. Unfortunately, the fire ravaged the house and caused $200,000 worth of damage. It may have to be demolished.
For more info: http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24185455-2682,00.html