Sunday, 30 January 2011
Resting hares and myxomatosis
Myxomatosis is a vile disease and one which almost wiped out the rabbit population in the UK a few decades ago. It's still possible to see an affected rabbit, and it's an unpleasant sight seeing an animal suffering in such a way.
On a couple of recent occasions, we've seen what
we initially thought were hares, and then got closer, thinking that in fact they were rabbits with myxomatosis, pulling back in mild horror and then realising once they ran off that they were actually hares after all.
The photos shown have caused a little bit of debate - I can assure you that no rabbits appear in this post! Both the hares shown lying down got up and ran, revealing that they were definitely Lepus Europaeus. You can just about see the yellow eyes in the two hares lying down.
Just for the record, hares are thankfully unaffected by myxomatosis.