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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
Breeding like rabbits
My planned productive morning went to pot because I was too engrossed in all the rabbity goings on in our garden. First there was a pair of adult rabbits scampering around, then I realised that one of them was digging a burrow! In our garden! I could see it from my study window, and even though the binoculars I have are small and low-powered, I could see them clearly.

After a while, the rabbit seemed happy with the burrow and then she kept running up to the top of the garden where I strimmed the grass on Saturday. There she gathered up clumps of grass in her mouth and ran back to the burrow before emerging to get some more. It was like having a nature documentary going on outside. Of course then I had to Google about baby rabbits and discovered that (unlike what I had previously thought) the mother doesn't stay with the babies, but just covers them up and leaves them for most of the day, only returning once or at most twice, usually in the small hours of the morning, to feed them. That's actually a relief because I didn't want to scare her away from the babies, but neither did I want to have to avoid going out into the garden, not when there will soon be blackberries to pick.

Following a tip on one of the web pages, I have laid a couple of small twigs across the top of the burrow in a distinctive pattern. If mother rabbit returns to feed the babies, she will disturb the twigs and I will know that there genuinely is a little rabbit family living in our garden.

Current Mood: thoughtful fascinated

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kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: July 21st, 2015 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
The rabbits are cute but they sure are a hazard for the garden! I hope you get it figured out soon :-)
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: July 21st, 2015 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds exciting! There are lots of rabbits on our street, but I'm not sure where their burrows are. Although one of our neighbours also reported a fox crossing the road recently, so maybe we'll be seeing fewer of the rabbits around now.
seaivy From: seaivy Date: July 21st, 2015 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rabbit World!
i look forward to knowing more
aulus_poliutos From: aulus_poliutos Date: July 21st, 2015 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure those aren't plotbunnies? :-)
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