Thursday, April 5, 2007

Rare Striped Rabbit Spotted

The Sumatran striped rabbit - one of the rarest species in the known world - has been captured on film for the first time since 2000. The species, also known as nesolagus netscheri, has only been spotted three times in the last 35 years. It was photographed in the Bukit Barisan National Park on the island of Sumatra in January.

Back in 1999, a second species of striped rabbit was discovered in the mountains between Laos and Vietnam. They named the species the Annamite Striped Rabbit. Samples revealed that while the species were distinct, they were related and probably separated about 8 million years ago.

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