Fennec Hare: Real or Fake?

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.

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It’s a hoax.

The idea of the “Fennec Hare” appears to have originated on April 1, 2009 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 actually originated on the Worth1000 website, from a graphic arts contest entitled “Sickening Cute 4″ and a winning entry entitled “Kitty Kitty Bunny” by user Troop1. The user claimed to have used three source photos from SXC.hu to create this image.

Bottom Line
There is no such creature as a “Fennec Hare.”

Fennec Hare



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2 Comments on Fennec Hare: Real or Fake?

  1. kinda made me mad that no such thing … so cute

  2. There is a Fennec Fox that’s super cute. I think this was a great joke.

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