If you lived in Australia you'd know exactly what a bilby is. The bilby is a marsupial (animal with a pouch), native to western Australia.
The bilby's fur is very soft, usually gray in color. The belly is white and the tail is long, often with a white tip.
Bilbies have very large hairless ears like a rabbit's. The ears help them listen for trouble. Their strong front paws help them dig and find food. The long snout gives the bilby an excellent sense of smell. Bilbies have poor eyesight, so it is just as well that their hearing and smelling senses are good.
The bilby is a nocturnal animal. They come out of their burrows after dark and look for food. They eat seeds, insects and their larvae, fruit, and even small animals. Like the koala, the bilby doesn't drink water. It gets all the water it needs from its food.
Bilbies are dying out and are considered endangered and in need of protection. To draw attention to these rare animals, people in Australia have tried to replace the Easter bunny with the Easter bilby. Chocolate bilbies are very popular!