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Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)


The Bilby

The bilby has achieved a lot of publicity in Australia in recent years. It has become a symbol of Easter instead of the rabbit which is a serious pest in Australia. The rabbit was introduced to Australia near Geelong in 18xx and has caused untold damage to the whole continent as it cleared away the native grasses, shrubs and trees, robbing the native animals and birds of shelter and food.


So the bilby which is like a tiny kangaroo has become an national Easter emblem and you can buy chocolate bilbies instead of chocolate bunnies.

It lives in the outback of Australia but has also been threatened by foxes. These pests were brought to Australia by Europeans so that wealthy people could go hunting. Little did they realise the damage that would be caused.


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