A rare marsupial that once ran wild in Australia has been reintroduced into New South Wales for the first time in more than a century.
Sightings of bilbies – small nocturnal mammals with long, rabbit-like ears – were last recorded in 1912.
Thirty captive-bred animals were released into a large predator-free enclosure near the town of Narrabri, northwest of Sydney.
This is seen as a major victory in efforts to save them from extinction.
However, without the protection of a 32km (20 miles) fence they probably would not survive, the BBC’s Phil Mercer in Sydney reports.
Bilbies – who feed on plant roots, ants, beetles and spiders – disappeared in New South Wales before the start of World War One following the introduction of predators including cats and foxes.
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