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Bunnies vs bilbies

March 31st, 2004

In Australia, as Easter approaches, the big question is: Bunny or Bilby? To give as fair and balanced a presentation as possible of the main issues, the rabbit is a voracious alien pest[1] marketed in chocolate form by greedy multinationals, while the bilby is an appealing, and endangered, native marsupial made available for Easter celebration by public spirited Australians, helping to raise both awareness and much-needed funds. We report, you decide.

fn1. Matched only by the fox

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  1. March 31st, 2004 at 18:24 | #1

    The link under ‘fair and balanced’ is broken.

  2. John Quiggin
    March 31st, 2004 at 18:37 | #2

    Thanks, Tristan. Fixed now, I hope.

  3. observa
    March 31st, 2004 at 20:54 | #3

    Bilbies are definitely a no go zone in the Observa household and have been for years. Unfortunately for Bilby lovers, Mrs Observa did a very silly thing many years ago, which has mentally scarred the offspring for life. Mrs Observa thought she would be a perfect mum and introduce the littleys to the joys of a carob Easter, instead of the usual chokky one. Unfortunately she also decided to introduce it in the form of carob Bilbies. A 20yr old and a 17 yr old, still religiously recall each Easter, how dad had to save the day and go out in search of the real chokky bunnies.

  4. John Quiggin
    April 1st, 2004 at 07:11 | #4

    A cautionary story, observa.

    As far as I can tell, the only thing carob has in common with chocolate is that it’s brown. But if that’s the criterion, there’s a more readily-available substitute that meets the requirements and tastes no worse.

  5. Brian Bahnisch
    April 1st, 2004 at 09:16 | #5

    Isn’t the bunny a symbol of fertility and renewal – or something? Hence it befits both the Easter legend and a Northern hemisphere spring festival.

    Meanwhile the poor old bilby! It can’t survive in the wide brown land unless a fence is built around its habitat to keep out the ferocious foreign predators. To me it sounds like a good symbol for us!

  6. daarons
    April 1st, 2004 at 12:41 | #6

    “greedy multinationals”.

    Isn’t this a tautology?

  7. Homer Paxton
    April 1st, 2004 at 14:19 | #7

    some may ask what has either got to do with Easter?

  8. April 1st, 2004 at 15:16 | #8

    Isn’t it a bit pot/kettle for an Anglo-Celt and presumably non-marsupial, non-bird, non-reptile etc. like JQ to be calling a rabbit “a voracious alien pest”? And clearly JQ has no future in conducting opinion polls, what with him being so scrupulously even handed and all.

    But I have to plump for feeding children bilbies rather than rabbits, albeit only chocolate ones to begin with. We have to train them to think of these obsolete mammals as food, encouraging them to spare the harmless and cuddly bunny and pave the way for a glorious ecological future organised on a soundly conducted and rational basis.

    Once we have got them trained up that much, we can get them onto Swift’s “Modest Proposal”.

    JQ did realise that that view of bilbies was the only logical outcome when a child prefers eating a chocolate bilby, right?

  9. Kennith Kaniff
    April 1st, 2004 at 16:29 | #9

    What a surprise…. You’re sticking up for the bilby…..

    Why not examine the Koala while we are at it! Isn’t it a distant relative of the bunny?

    Sounds to me that your ‘no spin zone’ has been cracked…. I’m on to you!

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