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.

Our Bunny

I got some bunny supplies at Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply. In the cat section, I got canned cat milk and a nursing bottle set.

When we got home, I looked in on our new pet; he looked at me and then burrowed into the towels so Donna couldn’t see him! She finally got him out after heating the milk (which she said smelled vile!). At first it didn’t nurse then, after a taste, took off! She called me to take a picture.

So adorable and tiny. But he quit nursing when I showed up! I went on back to my room and he started again! The bunny hates me. Lol.

She filled him up and put him back in the cat carrier. According to one website, cottontails only need to be fed twice a day, unlike domestic bunnies.

She says she is gonna release him back into the wild when he can eat solid food. I am thinking rabbit cage. . .

Stubb’s Baby Bunny

Yeah, that is redundant, kinda. But this one is young, maybe not even weaned.

I had set my alarm for my first day of library duty this school year but naturally woke up before it went off. Then heard squealing from the living room! Donna and I came into the room at the same time. Stubbs had this little guy in his mouth. Donna rescued it from him.

Isn’t he cute? But we have learned that unweaned rabbits are very susceptible to human bacteria. No mention of cat bacteria . . . 😦 If he is not old enough, whatever we do won’t help and we have NO idea where Mommy is.

He now resides in a cat carrier in my bathtub with the door closed. Stubbs is confused and thinks the bunny is hiding in the living room somewhere.