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A swamp rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus) is described at MDC Online as a type of cottontail that is much larger than our more familiar variety. It inhabits the wetlands of the south and Mingo in the Bootheel is perfect territory. It eats reeds, sedges and other plants, switching to twigs and bark of shrubs in the winter.
|Swamp Rabbit- MDC|
A swamp rabbit in Georgia gained fame in 1979 while escaping from a pack of hounds. It jumped into a pond and swam toward President Jimmie Carter who was paddling in a boat away from the protection of Secret Service. The encounter could have caused an environmental incident had not the President fended off the vicious animal with a paddle. The whole frightening incident is described in this Wikipedia story.
|Presidential Attack! Note rabbit wake to the right.|