I have never made any pretence of particularly loving rabbits. They can be a nuisance, one which we went to quite a bit of trouble to fence out of the vegetable garden. They serve their place in the world, though. The fact that we have a healthy population of them at The Havens accounts for the presence of Barred Owls and Great Horned Owls. I’m sure the black snakes are happy to find a tiny tender tidbit upon occasion.
I was out watering my potted plants this morning during the break I had between a couple of clients. As is my custom, I was gazing about the place, admiring the view while I was waiting for the right amount of water to flow into the whiskey barrels full of beans and morning glories. I am very pleased with them.
The Petite Prairie is looking pretty good right now, despite the dry weather we have been having.
The silky dogwood was looking a little peaked, so when I was done with the pots I made my way over there to give it a drink. Of course, the hose had to kink during the trip across the lawn, so when I turned the spray nozzle on, nothing happened. I laid it down and attended to the kink. The water began to gush out of the nozzle, and very soon afterwards I heard a vociferous complaint from the bed just below the dogwood. It was a very loud complaint indeed, and obviously was coming from an infant.
I investigated, and this is what I found to be the source of the racket.
Honestly, this little baby bunny seems way too small to be able to make such a very loud noise.
After I photographed the Small One, I placed him carefully back in the nest with his siblings. Of course, I had to document it all.
My client had arrived, so I carefully put the grassy cover back over the babies, and went in to do her massage. She admired the baby pictures. Although we both agreed about rabbits in general, we also both agreed that when they are so very small they are very cute. No way could I exterminate them, even if they will probably be chewing through my iris stems when they get older. I just found a Naked Lady stem that was full of buds that some rabbit decided looked edible. I guess it wasn’t that edible, because it only chewed through the stem, it didn’t bother to actually eat the buds. I have to admit I was perturbed.
So anyway, a little while ago, having finished the massage and my lunch, I thought I’d go back out there and see if I couldn’t get a better shot of them in their nest.
I was interested to discover that in the intervening three hours, Mama Rabbit had been around to tend to her youngsters. The grass and twig cap on the nest had been seriously beefed up. And if you take a close look at this next picture you will notice that there has been a further change.
Apparently she had not quite finished furnishing the nest when I took the first picture. Now there is a beautiful soft layer of rabbit fur encasing the babies.
I covered them up again.
They really are very cute.