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The Bilby

The rabbit-sized Bilby, also known as the dalgyte, the pinkie, the ninu and the walpajim, is a relative of the bandicoot.

Its long ears not only give it acute hearing but help it to keep cool in its desert home. Like many marsupials, it comes out from its burrow only at night.

Farming, land clearing and predators such as dogs and feral cats have greatly reduced its numbers and it is now found in only a few remote, arid places.

Many Australians hope that replacing the Easter Bunny with the Easter Bilby will help to save this charming and inoffensive animal.

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