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The Easter Bunny's days may be numbered in Australia, as conservationists are rallying for the new icon to be the Easter Bilby. The bilby is a very rare and threatened animal. It resembles a rabbit, though has a pouch like a kangaroo. The bilby may however become extinct, with as few as 600 remaining in the wild. The reason: The rabbit is eating their habitat away. So rather than celebrate the bunny this Easter conservationists want to make a new icon- the Easter Bilby. Mike Drinkwater, who looks after bilbies at a wildlife centre in Sydney, is determined to secure the new icon:"Look, the reason that we want to highlight the bilgy as an iconic Easter animal is, number one, rabbits are a pest in Australia. Secondly, the bilby has these lovely endearing rabbit-like qualities. And thirdly, the bilby is a beautiful, iconic, native animal that is struggling. It is endangered, so it's important that we do all we can to support that."The campaign is already gaining momentum as some local schools are replacing their Easter bunnies with bilbies on their Easter egg hunt. Could it be a new icon may just be jumping down the bilby trail this Easter?
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The Easter Bunny May Be Replaced Down Under With A New Icon
The Easter Bunny's days may be numbered in Australia, as conservationists are rallying for the new icon to be the Easter Bilby. The bilby is a very rare and threatened animal. It resembles a rabbit, though has a pouch like a kangaroo. The bilby may however become extinct, with as few as 600 remaining in the wild. The reason: The rabbit is eating their habitat away. So rather than celebrate the bunny this Easter conservationists want to make a new icon- the Easter Bilby. Mike Drinkwater, who looks after bilbies at a wildlife centre in Sydney, is determined to secure the new icon:"Look, the reason that we want to highlight the bilgy as an iconic Easter animal is, number one, rabbits are a pest in Australia. Secondly, the bilby has these lovely endearing rabbit-like qualities. And thirdly, the bilby is a beautiful, iconic, native animal that is struggling. It is endangered, so it's important that we do all we can to support that."The campaign is already gaining momentum as some local schools are replacing their Easter bunnies with bilbies on their Easter egg hunt. Could it be a new icon may just be jumping down the bilby trail this Easter?
Date: 4/7/12
Views: 5370
Video by:  YouTube
 
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