Bunny’s Freedom

Today we took him over to the Old Woods where any of us rarely go. It is pretty much left to the wild things: deer, ground squirrels, and cottontails.

This is a satellite image of our property. The Old Woods is south of the barn drive in the upper right hand corner. The land slopes toward the north with the barn road at the bottom of the slope. The woods are old, ancient even. The ground in most of the lower part is grassy.

We left him near the oldest tree in the Woods which we call the Grandmother Tree. There is also a large, old sawn log there.

Caution: the rest if this post will be much like looking at someone’s baby pictures!

He has grown while living in our house but is still just as adorable!

He barely fits in Donna’s hand now!

We closed the pet door and shut the cats and dog in the house. Lily was very distressed and howled and whined the whole time! We NEVER block her in!

He was very aggressive when we opened the door in the house but now he had second thoughts! Maybe he just wanted to be a house bunny and play with the cats! Right.

He sat at the door a long time, absorbing the smells and sounds.

Finally he stepped out onto the ground. He was fascinated by the forest litter.

He really is small!

We thought he was changing his mind and going to go back in the carrier! We joked that he wanted us to leave it there for a house!

But he had decided to check out the world behind the carrier. Here he was just discovering fresh grass. Mmm! Donna had filled his belly before the trip so he really wasn’t hungry but sampled some anyway.

Back around in front of the carrier. He looks so small here. I think Donna wanted to snatch him up and take him back home!

He found a sweet spot here, protected by the logs and the bush. He really blends in.

I had thought he would find the hole in the log inviting but he wasn’t interested. Rabbits don’t live in holes, in general.

Find the bunny! He had crawled into a pile of small logs. He is below where the two logs cross.

And out the other side. By now he was feeling more confident and tending to shy away from us when we moved. It was time to let our little friend continue his new life without our presence. We wish him the best.

While every bunny goes through this stage, this was OUR bunny and we had mixed feelings about releasing him.

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  1. ballerinagirl93

     /  September 1, 2011

    Sniffles.
    I want the bunny. What a sweet story.
    I’ve always considered the bunny my alternate animal ego.
    I hope he does well.

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  2. Donna

     /  September 5, 2011

    Hi, this is Donna. A couple of points of clarification; The second picture of me holding the bunny was just moments after I got “him” away from the cats. That is why I don’t have on gloves. Seconds later I had on gloves and thoroughly wiped “him” down with isopropyl alcohol. This was to remove any germs I had transferred to him. Baby wild rabbits are VERY susceptible to human germs, especially e. coli.

    Then I rinsed him off with warm tap water. And the really scarey part — blew “his” fur dry with the hair dryer set on the low setting. I only saw one little drop of blood so we knew he wasn’t injured too badly. I NEVER again handled him without fresh gloves and washed everything that came into contact with him, everytime. No matter how much I wanted to feel that sooooo soft fur.

    Baby wild rabbits are left on their own when they get to be 5 to 6 inches long. He was with us only one week and grew just over an inch in that short time! And he weighed more, too.

    I think about “him” every day and wish him well. I want to go and look for him but know it is better not to leave more scent trails for our or other predators to follow!

    I am sorry I never really examined the bunny closely enough to know if it was really a “him” or was a her! Dear Goddess, they are so cute.

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