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Rare striped rabbit caught on camera in Indonesia

One of the world's rarest rabbits was spotted in Indonesia for just the third time in the past 35 years, underscoring the importance of conserving the region's threatened rain forests, a conservation group said Thursday.

Two grainy images shot by a camera trap at night show the half-meter-long (foot-long) Sumatran striped rabbit nibbling on forest undergrowth in the Bukit Barisan National Park, said the World Conservation Union.

The rare species of rabbit was last photographed in 2000, and the last sighting by a scientist was in 1972.

"This rabbit is so poorly known that any proof of its continued existence at all is great news, and confirms the conservation importance of Sumatra's forests," Colin Poole, director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Asia Program, said in a statement.

The rabbit is only known to exist in the forests of Sumatra, and thought to be the only representative of its genus.

It is listed as critically endangered by the World Conservation Union, meaning it faces a high risk of extinction from a range of threats, including the loss of habitat to farming.

In 1999, researchers discovered another striped rabbit in the Annamite Mountains that straddle Laos and Vietnam. Although both seem similar in appearance, genetic samples revealed the Sumatran and Annamite striped rabbits were separate - though closely related - species.

According to the findings, both species have been diverging for about 8 million years.

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It was either inability to analyze or pure cowardice, but the cruise missile attack on Syria had a purely political outcome that would not affect the outcome of the Syrian conflict. The US is obviously revisiting the Iraq crisis from 2003

USA's 'stupid missiles' ensure major victories for Russia on many fronts
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