Footage shows rare Amami rabbit killed by cat
NHK -- Mar 27
A team of researchers in Japan has succeeded in filming the moment when an Amami rabbit, a rare species, was preyed on by a feral cat.

A team at Kagoshima University's Research Center for the Pacific Islands captured the moment in February with a motion-sensor camera set up in the mountains of Amami-oshima island.

The footage shows a cat pouncing on a child rabbit near a burrow and walking away with the prey in its mouth.

The islands of Amami-oshima and nearby Tokunoshima are known to host a number of internationally important indigenous species. The Japanese government has recommended to UNESCO that the 2 islands be given World Natural Heritage status.

A number of cases have surfaced where Amami rabbits have been attacked by feral cats, prompting calls to protect the creatures.

世界自然遺産登録を目指す奄美大島で今年2月、国の特別天然記念物アマミノクロウサギの幼獣を、ノネコ(野生化した飼い猫)とみられる猫が捕食する瞬間を、鹿児島大学国際島嶼(とうしょ)教育研究センター奄美分室(奄美市名瀬)の研究員が、動画で初めて撮影した。(鹿児島大国際島嶼教育研究センター奄美分室提供)
News source: NHK
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