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2009-01-12 15:05:00

A new Australian study finds that the removal of cats in 2000 caused "catastrophic" damage to Macquarie Island, a World Heritage Site that lies roughly halfway between Australia and Antarctica. The cats, which had served as a check on rabbits, were eradicated because they were also eating seabirds.  Since then, rabbit numbers have risen sharply, and the animals have devastated the flora to the extent that the changes can even be seen from space. The Australian government now plans to...

2005-06-11 09:38:31

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- State officials are investigating an outbreak of a rare, rapidly spreading disease that killed about 100 rabbits on a southwest Indiana farm. The rabbit deaths mark the first recorded diagnosis in Indiana of rabbit hemorrhagic disease, a virus that causes death in about 90 percent of infected animals, said Denise Derrer, spokeswoman for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. In late May, a Vanderburgh County farmer, who raises rabbits to sell as pets and food for...