Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail...and Peter too

This morning I was poking around in my garden, weeding a bit, worrying over my sun scorched vegetables, when I noticed something squirming under my green bean teepee. My first thought - "eek, mouse!"...but when I looked more closely I saw that it was a baby bunny. Miriam and Samuel came running to see. I saw at least 4, Miriam says she saw 5. They are burrowed down so it is tricky to say exactly how many are in there. Of course, I realize they are tunneling animals, so who knows how many rabbits are really living in my yard right now. The gardener in me knows I must "do something" about this adorable nuisance. The mama in me wants to protect these babies. So we'll see how it the rate my garden is going there won't be much for them to eat anyway. (We need rain and cooler temps so badly!) Here are the pictures of our rabbit family...

Truly, aren't they just precious?

Update: I just watered my garden...and scared the baby bunnies out of their hole. I don't know where the mama went to - we haven't seen her all day. I am a wee bit worried about these babies out in the dark and alone. And Miriam will be so disappointed if they aren't there tomorrow!

Update II: This morning 3 of the bunnies were curled up together beside the raised garden bed. After reading online, it seems that the mothers are often gone all day, so probably they haven't been abandoned at all. They are also fairly self-sufficient from an early age, so I guess the'll be okay....not sure the same can be said for my garden! :)

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