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Wild Rabbit, Oryctolagus Cuniculus.
Experts are fairly confident that the ‘Normans’ introduced the rabbit to Britain.
The colour of this animal varies considerably, usually buff, sprinkled with black.
Rabbits are normally silent except when seeing an enemy when they are known
to thump the ground. Enemies are of the Weasel family, Fox, Badger, Owls and
Hawks.  Rabbits chiefly eat grass, although they will occasionally eat snails and
earthworms. It nests in burrows and has approximately 2 to 8 young, with higher
numbers in the warmer months. They can devastate the crop and inflict serious
damage for the British farmer. Between 1954 / 55, an introduced disease called
myxomatosis killed so many wild rabbits they became a very rare animal.
The Wild Rabbit is now recovering and numbers are increasing.
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