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Last male of purebred rabbit species dies

The last male purebred Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit has died, leaving just two females in a captive breeding program created to try to save the endangered species from extinction.

The tiny rabbits are only found in Douglas County in north-central Washington. None are believed to exist in the wild, which means the two females — Lolo and Bryn — are the only known purebred pygmy rabbits left in existence.

“This is a population that has existed since before the last Ice Age in Eastern Washington. The loss is something we can never calculate,” said Jon Marvel, executive director of the Idaho-based Western Watersheds Project, which works to protect pygmy rabbit populations across the West. “Any time we lose a species it diminishes us all.”

Last male of purebred rabbit species dies – Science –