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Rabbit

Observed: 8th January 2010 By: asbostaffasbostaff’s reputation in Mammalsasbostaff’s reputation in Mammals
Rabbit
Description:

Rabbit feeding in snow. It was eating grass on the opposite side of a narrow road from me, and didn't try to bolt while I photographed it.

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Anna's picture

Yes, I think it looks like

Yes, I think it looks like myxomatosis. Affected rabbits are often slow, so that could well be why it didn't bolt.

tootsietim's picture

To quote Spike Milligan

A rabbit dying, it's eyes full of puss,
The work of scientific us.

andys_27's picture

I agree it looks like

I agree it looks like myxomatosis, quite advanced stage.

foxy's picture

myxomatosis

Certainly looks like it.A miserable disease to suffer from ,my farm dogs will never even put them out of their misery when we encounter one. Its unusual to see it so early in the year though, particularly in a cold period.

Foxy

foxy's picture

myxomatosis

Certainly looks like it.A miserable disease to suffer from ,my farm dogs will never even put them out of their misery when we encounter one. Its unusual to see it so early in the year though, particularly in a cold period.

Foxy

the naturalist man's picture

Myxomatosis

I strongly suspect we will need to get used to sights like this come spring. The rabbits will have had to spend extended periods underground in close proximity. These are the conditions in which the fleas which transfer Myxomatosis proliferate and spread. It is also the conditions where the virus can transfer directly from rabbit to rabbit.

Graham Banwell

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