Fox News - Fair & Balanced

Pygmy Rabbit

Last Pair of Pygmy Rabbits Breed Successfully

The only surviving pair of endangered pygmy rabbits released as part of a program to increase their numbers in the wild have dodged coyotes, badgers, hawks and owls and found time for love.Proud scientists announced Thursday that the rabbits have successfully bred."We were worried. It took them a little while, but they did what rabbits do best," Rod Sayler, a Washington State University conservation biologist, said from Pullman.• Click here to visit FOXNews.com's Natural Science Center.The rabbits, slightly larger than a man's hand, eat sagebrush and are the only rabbits in the United States that dig their own burrows.No Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits are known to be left in the wild. Predators nearly wiped out the population of 20 captive-reared Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits released in March in central Washington.Two males that wandered outside the study area were captured and taken back to the captive breeding program, leaving only an adult male and female in the wild as of June 1.But ...

Read More

  1. Thursday's Halftime Report

    'Red Eye' ombudsman Andy Levy does as ombudsmen do

  2. Feds to Mull Protection for Pygmy Rabbit

    Feds to Mull Protection for Pygmy RabbitTuesday, January 08, 2008By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press WriterE-Mail Print Share:SPOKANE, Wash. —  The federal gov...

  3. Endangered Rabbits Returned to Wild, Quickly Eaten

    Endangered Rabbits Returned to Wild, Quickly EatenThursday, April 12, 2007Print APA Columbia Basin pygmy rabbitEPHRATA, Wash. —  Most of a group of 20 endangered rab...

  4. Vigilantes Battle Sea Lions Over Endangered Salmon

    Vigilantes Battle Sea Lions Over Endangered SalmonTuesday, June 26, 2007Print APA California sea lion lolls in the sun.CASCADE LOCKS, Ore.  —  Above the spillways of...

  5. Rare Albino Mountain Goat Found in Italian Alps

    Rare Albino Mountain Goat Found in Italian AlpsTuesday, June 26, 2007Print APAlbino mountain goat is pictured with its mother in the Les Laures valley in the northwe...

  6. Pygmy Hippo Born at Paris Zoo

    Pygmy Hippo Born at Paris ZooThursday, June 28, 2007Print APJune 27: Anais keeps an eye on her son Aldo, a three-week-old pygmy hippopotamus, at the Vincennes zoo ou...

  7. Last Male of Rare Rabbit Species Dies; Two Females Left

    Last Male of Rare Rabbit Species Dies; Two Females LeftThursday, May 18, 2006E-Mail Print Share:EPHRATA, Wash. —  The last male purebred Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit ...

  1. Scientists hunt for rabbit habitat -- with military-style drones

    Scientists in Idaho will be flying military-style drone aircraft over the state's sagebrush sea, not in a bid to find terrorists but to help locate the best habitat ...

  2. Last Male of Rare Rabbit Species Dies; Two Females Left

    The last male purebred Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit has died, leaving just two females in a captive breeding program created to try to save the endangered species fro...

  3. Endangered Rabbits Returned to Wild, Quickly Eaten

    Most of a group of 20 endangered rabbits that were reintroduced to the wild with great fanfare last month have been killed by predators, state officials said.Only fo...

  4. Park Service creating new monuments, landmarks despite sequester cutbacks

    Two months after the sequester hit, the Department of Interior continues to warn of coast-to-coast cuts for the country's national parks -- and even the partial shut...

  5. Wash. hopes to buy historic ranch for conservation

    Rattlesnake Mountain offers sweeping views of the historic McWhorter Ranch, a pristine property largely unchanged since it was settled in 1903, laced with dry grasse...

  6. New role for drones - wildlife, eco conservation

    They're better known as stealthy killing machines to take out suspected terrorists with pinpoint accuracy. But drones are also being put to more benign use in skies ...

  7. Last Pair of Pygmy Rabbits Breed Successfully

    Last Pair of Pygmy Rabbits Breed SuccessfullyFriday, June 15, 2007Print APAn endangered pygmy rabbit in the wild in eastern Washington state.SPOKANE, Wash. —  The on...