Rare striped rabbit discovered in central Vietnam

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 PHOTO COURTESY OF LE NGOC TUAN
The rare Abbanute striped rabbit recently spotted at a preserve in the central province of Thua Thien - Hue

A rare striped rabbit, Nesolagus Timminsi, has been found at a preserve in the central province of Thua Thien Hue.

Commonly known as the Annamite striped rabbit, it was discovered by an official of the Sao la Thua Thien Hue preserve.

The discovery was revealed by Le Ngoc Tuan, director of the preserve, on Wednesday.

He said the Annamite striped rabbit is one of the only two species of rabbits that have stripes (the other is Nesolagus netscheri, commonly known as the Sumatran rabbit).

The species is categorized as "data deficient" in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

The Annamite stripe rabbit is found in Laos and Vietnam, where records suggest that it could occur naturally at lower densities than other species in the Southeast Asia, the IUCN said.

With the small population and the lack of information, the species is  at risk of extinction without "proper explanations," Dr. Dang Tat The of the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources told the Dan Tri online newspaper.

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