A photo is claimed to show a "Fennec Hare" which is one of the world's most endangered creatures. Today we'll look at this photo and the claims behind it.
The photo is fake.
The idea of the “Fennec Hare” appears to have originated on April 1, 2009 (note the date) when the image was circulated with the following caption:
The birth of one of the world’s rarest creatures was celebrated this week at North Korea’s Pyongyang People’s Zoo. The Fennec Hare is on the brink of extinction with only a handful remaining in captivity.
Once found throughout the Iperian Steppe, but now critically endangered, the Fennec hare relies on its acute auditory sense to evade predators and detect its favored prey, the D. carota beetle.
This image originated on the Worth1000 website, in a graphic arts contest entitled “Sickening Cute 4.” This winning entry was entitled “Kitty Kitty Bunny” by user Troop1. The user claimed to have used three source photos from SXC.hu to create this image.
There is no such creature as a “Fennec Hare.” The photo in circulation was created as part of a graphic arts contest several years ago.
- Endangered Fennec Hare Born at Korea Zoo (ZooBorns: April 1, 2009)