Menorca Giant Rabbit









This island never ceases to amaze and purprise me! Recent news revealed that 5.3 million years ago a unique Menorca resident was the world's largest bunny.

As time passed it grew to become ten times the size of its mainland cousins. Also living on the island at the same time were bats, a large dormouse and a giant tortoise.

During this geological time, the Mediterranean Sea dried up and the Balearic islands connected with the surrounding mainland (of Europe and Africa), so the proto-Nuralagus rex arrived walking to Minorca."

When the seawater returned Menorca once more became an island, the rabbit found itself with no predators. Over the years, it grew to become ten times the size of its now-extinct mainland cousin. Other inhabitants of the island at the time included a bat, a large dormouse and a giant tortoise.

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