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Still Waters

Why Sauteur rabbits walk on their front paws

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Still Waters

Selective breeding by humans has led to some incredibly odd and unfortunate pets over the years, and the sauteur d'Alfort rabbit is among the strangest of the lot.

This rare breed of bunny does not hop or walk like any other rabbit or hare in existence. When the sauteur is ready to go, it kicks its hind legs into the air and bounces forward on its front paws, like a human acrobat walking on their hands.

While this may seem like an amusing trait, it sadly comes with other debilitating problems too. Now, the one bunny that can't hop properly has helped us better understand the genetics of hopping in mammals.

https://www.sciencealert.com/this-bunny-walks-on-its-front-paws-because-it-has-a-defect-in-a-hopping-gene

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South Alabam

I suppose a tortoise has a chance in a race now.

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Bendy Demon

This is really another sad and selfish testimony to human arrogance to create something to appeal to human sense of 'aesthetics' which comes at the price of the animal/plants well-being.

We do this repeatedly to every animal we exploit without ever giving a single thought to the repercussions of our actions.

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Susanc241

I read the article to mean an original version of this rabbit was found in Paris in 1935, and was not deliberately bred or engineered. That they have since allowed more to be bred, especially in more recent times is perhaps not defensible.

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Jon the frog
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A lot of genetic mishaps are staying because of our stupidity... For example, that rabbit  would not survive in the wild and would be culled down fast. Just don't let them reproduce.

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pallidin

Wow. Weird.

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Abramelin
19 minutes ago, pallidin said:

Wow. Weird.

Yeah, weird indeed.

Like most of the weird news that comes to us close to the first of the next month.

 

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jethrofloyd

Weird and sad. :cry:

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