Caught a couple of baby bunnies
Hi, being a member here, and coming here on and off to ask certain questions, I thought I'd share this story. So here goes.
I used to have a rabbit when I lived in Missoula MT 4 years ago. It wasn't the best idea because he destroyed a lot of my cords and chewed up the carpet pretty badly. I would say he even devalued the house. At times I was a little too hard on the poor guy when I caught him doing things he wasn't supposed to. In the end I decided a rabbit wasn't the best pet for me. My folks were gonna head to Thailand and I was going to move, so I decided he should have a home.
When I moved to Denver I gave him to a shelter called "Dumb Friends League." They don't kill the animals there so I felt good that that he had a chance to go to a new home. Over the years I loved rabbits and always wanted one, but I didn't get one because the truth is I was never up for the responsibility. So eventually I lost interest in them for the most part.
Later I moved back to Missoula to be closer to my friends(who weren't friends at all), and thought if I tried hard enough I could find some work there. That unfortunately didn't work out too well.
Then I headed to Billings because my Grandpa was dying after he had fallen. Unfortunately he passed away the next day. My mom came back from Thailand for the funeral, and we ended up staying in his house. I lived here for a year, have had a total of 5 cats, 3 of them disappeared and never came back when I let them out(3 different times). That's when I decided to keep the 2 I have now in the house. That's a different story though.
In this neighborhood there are a lot of wild rabbits. I was told many years ago someone released a couple of pet rabbits and since then they started breeding and reproducing. Some neighbors have had issues with them. Some didn't care that much. I know one who feeds them, so a lot of them hang out at his house.
I've been staying in the basement and yesterday I woke up in the morning to find a baby white rabbit scratching at my window. I opened it up and grabbed it. It did struggle but calmed down pretty quickly. I decided to let it go back outside. Later that day my mom accidentally sprayed that same bunny with a water hose and completely soaked it. She said “This bunny doesn't have a mom, you should catch it.” So I found it hanging out behind a brick next to the house. I managed to grab it, and it struggled at first and even growled at me. But again I got it calm, and brought it in the house and put it in the cat carrier. I gave it some water and celery.
Then I saw another baby white bunny hopping around in my backyard. So I went after it, thinking the one I caught shouldn't be alone. I found it hiding underneath the broken stove, so I carefully grabbed it, and it tried pretty hard to get away. I might have been too rough because it did start squealing, but once I got a hold of it it calmed down. So I put that one in the same carrier, and they seem to have been happy together. They're definitely litter mates. I also let them run around in the bathroom for a bit so they wouldn't have to be trapped in the carrier.
You might find this part of the story a little upsetting and disturbing.
I saw a 3rd white baby bunny hopping around in the backyard. I went after it, but it hid behind the shed. I decided not to make much of an effort of catching it. Then I saw next to the tree what looked like a couple of paws. I was pretty sure my mind was playing tricks on me because all I thought of that day were bunnies. Unfortunately when I walked over I saw the back feet and tail of another baby rabbit. It looked like the other half of it was buried in the ground. As if it was trying to burrow and then died that way. But I moved it with my foot and all it was was half of a rabbit. That was kind of freaky. I got a shopping bag and picked it up, and put it in the outside garbage can. I certainly didn't want to look at that in my back yard. My only guess is something ate the rabbit. An owl, or a hawk, or maybe even a cat. But as I mentioned all my cats disappeared, and there are no cats running around this neighborhood. There was also a full grown dead rabbit next to the garbage a few days ago. I'm guessing that was the mother. So I pretty much have a good idea of what happened. 4 of them were born, they lost there mother, one of them was eaten, I ended up with two of them, and one is still out there. I haven't seen him lately so I'm guessing it moved on.
Right now I have two of the babies with me. I set up a little area downstairs where they can run around. I won't let my cats near them. I did introduce them, but I don't trust them near the bunnies. I actually consider the bunnies tame. I've been able to pick each of them up and hold them, and pet them. They don't really try to run away when I go over to them. I've even had one of them come over to me. I haven't been too sure if I should keep them as pets, because like I explained earlier I'm not really up for that kind of responsibility. But I'll definitely hold onto them and see if I can find a way to take care of them without caging them the whole time, and keeping them separate from my cats. I might try to find them a home, give them to someone who loves rabbits as pets. They're both very cute, and nice bunnies for the most part. They're a little skittish when I pick them up but I expect most rabbits are like that, even the tamest ones. So that's basically where I'm at right now. I don't know what gender they are because they're still very young. But I should be able to find out when they get older.
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