Nearly extinct pygmy rabbits take first hops back into the wild

For the first time in several years, the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit can be found in the wild in Washington state. Last week, 20 rabbits raised in a captive breeding program were released into the wild -- the first and only Columbia Basic pygmies in the wild in four years. 70 more rabbits remain in the breeding program, all of which are descended from the last-known wild rabbit of its species.

Let's hope those little rabbits are as good at evading predators as they are at breeding!

Link: Captive breeding program offers hope for near-extinct rabbits.