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Sumatran Striped Rabbit

The Sumatran Striped Rabbit, Nesolagus netscheri, also known as the Sumatra Short-eared Rabbit or Sumatran Rabbit, is a rabbit found only in forest in the Barisan Mountains in western Sumatra, Indonesia. It is listed as a critically endangered species. Its rarity may be due to deforestation and habitat loss.

This species is about 16 inches long. It is gray with brown stripes, with a red tail and rump, and the underside is white. It lives in forests at altitudes of 1950-4600 feet. It is nocturnal, resting in the burrows of other animals. It usually eats the stalk and leaves of under story plants, but captive rabbits ate grain, and tropical fruits.

Sightings of the species have only been reported three times since 1972, most recently in late January 2007 in a photograph taken with a camera trap installed in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.

Photo courtesy BBC News

Sumatran Striped Rabbit