Greater Bilby

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Greater Bilby

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Character Data
Also known as: Bilby
Japanese Name: ミミナガバンディクート
Romanised Name: Miminagabandikūto
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Macrotis lagotis
Distribution: Australia
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: Unknown
Read More: Greater bilby
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 VU.svg.png
Greater Bilby Nexon Game

The Greater Bilby is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Greater Bilby has short, dark gray messy hair. It has a beige outline which is also present in her side bangs - the middlemost bang fades into pink instead. She has brown irides with highlights, signifying her species is not extinct. She has a white shirt with small sleeves and a pink ribbon, an undershirt with long gray sleeves that fade into beige, a large beige apron, and a brown skirt. Below that, she has thighhighs the same color as her gloves, and shoes of a pink and white coloration, tied with pink ribbons. She has a brown and silver spade. Like other Friends, she has traits of the animal species she once belonged to alongside her human body. That would be, in her case, the ears and tail of a Greater Bilby.

In Real Life

The Greater bilby, or otherwise known as Australia's Easter Bunny, is a ground dwelling (bandicoot) marsupial. The kangaroo-like large, hairless ears and long, slender hind legs give the animal a rather funny appearance. The fur of the marsupial is soft and silky, colored with blue-grey and exhibiting thin, tan colored patches. The belly of the animal is white, whereas the long and hairless snout is pink. The long tail of the bilby is grey at the base, then turning to black and ending with white, naked tip, which has a tuft of long hairs. When galloping, the animal drags its tail behind itself like a stiff banner.

Once widely distributed and abundant across southern Australia, these animals are currently restricted to small, scattered area, where they are presented by two subspecies. These are: the Western bilbies, occurring between Western Australia and the Northern Territory; and the Eastern bilbies, endemic to southwest Queensland. These marsupials usually inhabit dry and hot areas such as deserts, dunes or grasslands. They are known to favor tussock and hummock grasslands as well as acacia shrublands.

These marsupials are solitary animals, though some individuals may display social behavior. Thus, females of this species have been known living in pairs. Although they may have overlapping home ranges, they usually ignore conspecifics except for mating. As semi-fossorial animals, they dig a bit spiraling burrows, which are normally 2 meters in depth and 3 meters long. Each burrow has several exits so as the animal can escape if attacked by a predator. Meanwhile, each individual may have multiple burrows throughout its territory. Greater biblies are nocturnal animals. They come out of their burrows at dusk in order to find food or mate, returning to their burrows periodically during the night, typically to rest or hide from predators.

These omnivorous animals mainly feed upon seeds, grasses, bulbs, larvae, termites, ants, spiders, fruit, fungi and lizards, complementing their diet with eggs, snails and small mammals. Greater bilbies have polygynous mating system, which relies on social hierarchy: the dominant male and the dominant female mate together, whereas lower-ranked males mate with females whose status is equal or lower than theirs. Breeding occurs all year round. During a year with suitable environmental conditions, a bibly female can yield up to 4 litters, each one containing 1 - 2 (sometimes up to 4) babies. After 14 days of gestation, the newborn babies climb into the pouch of their mother, remaining there for about 75 days. As they come out of the pouch, the mother still cares for them for 14 days, after which they leave the burrow, becoming completely independent. Males of this species are sexually mature at 8 months old, when they weigh 800 g. Females are mature by 5 months of age, weighing about 560 g.

Trivia

Easter baskets of Australian children traditionally have chocolate bilbies rather than Easter bunnies.

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