New discovery: Urban rabbit warrens

The latest scientific news reveals that rabbits in cities downsize their accommodation. 

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Urban rabbits downsize their accommodation in the same way that human city dwellers choose to live in flats, according to research carried out by German biologists in and around Frankfurt. 

As well as being more densely packed, city warrens are smaller and less complicated than those belonging to their country cousins, and each contains fewer rabbits. It’s not yet known why the shift has occurred, but the recent success of the urban rabbit bucks the trend for the species’ decline in its native Iberian range. 

But then, if people opt for ‘rabbit hutches’ as their homes, it might be entirely appropriate that modern rabbits should settle for ‘studio apartments’. 

Source Journal of Zoology 

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