Hefner Bunnies Threatened by Untamed Cats

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The playboy's bunnies are under attack by feral cats. The Sylvilagus palustris hefneri — that's the Latin name for a cottontail rabbit in the Florida Keys — is in danger of extinction. Back in 1980, scientists honored Hugh Hefner for funding research on the rabbit by naming the species after him. This week, wildlife officials began trapping the stray cats and taking them to shelters with the aim of saving the bunnies.

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Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

The Playboy bunnies are under attack by feral cats. Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, the Latin name for a cottontail rabbit in the Florida Keys, is in danger of extinction. Back in 1980, scientists honored Hugh Hefner for funding research on the rabbit by naming the species after him. This week, wildlife officials began trapping the cats and taking them to shelters with the aim of saving the bunnies.

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