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Myxomatosis

Observed: 5th September 2013 By: dejayM
Biological Recording In ScotlandHighland Biological Recording GroupOrkney Biodiversity Records Centre
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unpleasant
intested
flea
unsightly
Description:

Myxomatosis is an unpleasant, unsightly rabbit disease. It is carried from rabbit to rabbit by the infecting flea, possibly Spilopsyllus cuniculi, seen in the pictures.
I have chosen to post in Other Organisms because the post is not of a rabbit nor the flea but a virus.
I always quickly dispatch rabbits found like this.
It is a 'blessing' for us just now, as the rabbits seem terribly overpopulated; they are damaging the ground and over-grazing the otherwise valuable pastures.
http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/resources/content/info-sheets/understandi...

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dejayM's picture

rabbit posts

Peter Pearson's picture

infected rabbits

To think that this disease was introduced by man makes me cringe every time I see it.
I think this must be one of our most cruel acts imposed on wildlife.
Nature is 'red in tooth and claw', but nothing in my mind comes up to this.

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agree

I agree Peter. Nature would 'look after' overpopulation without our intervention but other diseases, like the haemorrhagic disease (RVHD) have similar distressing results. Most rabbits suffering with the latter, seem to die out of sight.