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Christmas Bunny

Observed: 12th December 2011 By: claude_crabbeclaude_crabbe’s reputation in Mammalsclaude_crabbe’s reputation in Mammals
Christmas Bunny
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This young rabbit was observed excitedly preparing for Christmas ... this may be happening in burrows across the land?

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the naturalist man's picture

Rabbit

I assume this is a pet rabbit. We also have one with wild markings, cute photo and very seasonal!

Where are the chimneys in a burrow? Do rabbits have their own Santa or does the human one bring them presents of carrots?

Graham Banwell

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claude_crabbe's picture

Clover's Story

I can assure you this is the real McCoy. Clover, for that is her name, had a sad beginning. Life was good for the first few days after she was born living in her burrow with her mother and siblings. That is until the fateful day when she was around two weeks old when the maternal nest was attacked by a hungry stoat. Clover's mother bravely defended her kits but alas she was brutally killed by the stoat leaving it to turn savagely on the defenceless kits. The commotion alerted a man walking his dog nearby and when he investigated the bloody scene he found nothing living except, there, against the odds, amongst the dead kits one lived. The kindly gentleman took the traumatised young kit to the local vets. The attentive vets and nurses cared for her and nursed her through the next few critical days and weeks. Clover grew and thrived but couldn't stay forever in her surrogate metal burrow. When she was old enough we adopted her and she now lives with us hopping in and out the cat flap as she feels fit to graze upon the lawn (and occasionally pop through the fence to visit the neighbours). As I write this article Clover is with me in the lounge, however despite this scene of domestic bliss I wouldn't advocate keeping any wild animal as a pet but Clover's case is rather unique. I hope that Clover's story give providence to her being a European or Common Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus).

the naturalist man's picture

Bunny

What a wonderful story, and so well put. Sounds like Santa came into this little one's life early!

As you say it is not always a good idea to try to domesticate wild animals, I'm glad it worked out this time; sounds like this rabbit has the best of both worlds, the comfort of a human family and the freedom to roam.

Unfortunately, we have to keep out rabbit and guinea pigs in large covered runs because of the local cats, they took a neighbour's guinea pig last year.

Graham Banwell

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