Horned RabbitOn a recent house call in bridport Mr Ray Poole of the Loft antiques in Gundry lane discovered unknown to himself  a rare little gem.

Not quite sure what he had found Mr Poole contacted the British rodent and rabbit society chairman Mr Charles D Homberg R.F.F. and was told it was in fact a rare Marshwood Vale Horned Rabbit (Oryctolagus Wurzelus Cornuculus) extinct since the late 18thC.

Mr Homberg said that it is the only known stuffed trophy head but he does have a skull which was found while ditching work was being carried out by council workers in the 1920s near Pilsdon.

They were always a rare sub species and were prone to getting their horns tangled in tree roots and brambles then letting out a high pitched yelp.

The head is available for veiwing at the Loft Antiques.

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