Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Israel's 'Rock Rabbits' Are Moving In

Israel's 'Rock Rabbits' Are Moving In

The Hyraxe, or 'rock rabbit' may be cute, but it isn't a rabbit. It is however becoming a pest in Galilee. Where before the creature was happy to live in crags & cliffs, large numbers are now choosing to come into villages, making their homes in piles of rubble cleared from building sites & eating everything they can find. Many locals are calling for a cull, as Hyraxes can carry cutaneous leishmanias, a skin disease that can be transmitted to humans. Research suggests however that simply filling in the rubble piles may be enough to drive the animals out of the villages & back to the cliffs.


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