This is the face of myxomatosis.
Yes, I know that rabbits are an invasive, non-native pest in Australia.
Yes, I know that they cause untold damage to the ecosystem.
Yes, I know that their numbers have to be controlled because of the damage they cause, and myxomatosis is one of the methods of that control.
But this disease? It’s a very unpleasant way to die. And I have pet rabbits, and the only vaccine available is banned in Australia, and because I have been in the vicinity of this rabbit and its home environment there is a very small chance that I’ve–
Date: 22 May 2011
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc DA L 55-300 mm f/4-5.8 ED
Ambient light only.
Conditions: partly cloudy. Heavy forest cover.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.