Our friends down under, including Russell Blackford, are celebrating BilbyFest, which comes annually on the second Sunday of September. Last April I posted on this highly endangered marsupial, which by virtue of its burrowing habit and appearance has replaced the rabbit as Australia’s symbol of Easter. The bilby is one of those animals, like frogs, that are just plain weird, and which you could never envision if they didn’t already exist.
Here are some baby bilbies from Adelaide:
Figure 1. The greater bilby, Macrotis lagotis
Here’s the launch of National Bilby Day in 2005. I can’t imagine a more Australian photo than this:
Fig. 2. Dignitaries at Bilby Day Launch. l. to r.: Peter McRae, Bruce Scott (local federal MP for Charleville area), Minister for Environment, bilby and Frank Manthey.