Story: Rabbits



The ground-dwelling weka was one of just two native predators of rabbits. Ironically, when mustelids (ferrets, stoats and weasels) were released in New Zealand in the 1880s to help control rabbits, they killed large numbers of weka.

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Robert Peden, 'Rabbits - Using predators for control', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008