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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

23. The Rabbit
(Oryctolagus cuniculus)

23. The Rabbit

The rabbit is one of the best known mammals met with in the British Isles. It came to Northern Europe from the Iberian Peninsula, and was probably brought across the English Channel by some of the sporting Norman barons. Anyhow the rabbit soon made itself at home and spread to most parts of the land. Efforts to keep it within bounds met with small success, until the disease called myxomatosis broke out when rabbits vanished from wide areas. They have, however, reappeared in many places.