In 1859, English settler Thomas Austin released only 24 rabbits…

rabbitIn 1859, English settler Thomas Austin released only 24 rabbits onto his property in Australia, stating “The introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a spot of hunting.” By the 1920’s the population reached 10 billion. The situation was so dire that a fence was built across Australia to prevent rabbits from migrating into Western Australian farmland. However, the rabbits merely dug under the fence.

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