Rabbits! Whose Rabbits?

This happened when we lived in a small village in England. One morning, at dawn, I noticed some rabbits on the front lawn. I barked a warning because they weren’t wild rabbits and I thought that some bipeds in the village were probably worried about them. One of my bipeds came to see what I was telling them. He was very surprised to see such big, fluffy bunnies on the lawn. He opened the front door, but all the rabbits hopped away.

Later that day my bipeds started asking if anyone had lost any rabbits. A number of people said that they were annoyed about rabbits eating their flowers and lettuces. The next morning, I barked to say the bunnies were back again. My bipeds asked a few more people in the village and were told the rabbits belonged to the man living almost opposite, we called him the tall guy. My male biped went to speak to him.

MB (My Biped): Some black and white rabbits are on the loose, I hear they belong to you.

TG (Tall Guy): They’re not my rabbits, I don’t know why people are saying they are!

MB: Oh, I’m sorry! Do you know who they do belong to?

TG: They don’t belong to anyone.

MB: They must have escaped from somewhere, they are not wild rabbits.

TG: They are the offspring of my rabbits.

MB: The offspring of your rabbits? Doesn’t that make them your rabbits?

TG: No, some children let my rabbits out of their hutches. The rabbits wandered off and bred and it’s their offspring wandering about the village.

MB: Which children entered your garden and let your rabbits out?

TG: Village children.

MB: Yes, but which ones?

TG: Well… my children.

MB: Oh, okay. Your children let your rabbits out of your hutches and your rabbits hopped away and had baby rabbits, but those baby rabbits are not yours?”

TG: That’s right, but people keep saying they belong to me and expect me to do something about them.

MB: So if someone wants to give the rabbits a home, you have no objection?

TG: I’ve already said they’re nothing to do with me!

My bipeds talked to some of our other neighbours and they all said things like “unbelievable”, “irresponsible”, and a few other words I mustn’t repeat where they could be seen by underage puppies! Then they all asked around and found there were a few families who would like to give a home to a disowned rabbit. It only remained to work out how to catch the rabbits – they were a lot faster than they looked.

One of our friends had some humane traps and he came and helped set them on our lawn. He then said that there was an easier way to catch rabbits. He said that if you put some pepper on a lettuce leaf and place the lettuce on a rock, you catch the rabbits. My bipeds asked how that works and he said that rabbits can’t resist lettuce, but the pepper makes them sneeze so hard they knock themselves out on the rock! Then you can just pick the bunny up and take it to its new home and wait for it to regain consciousness. My bipeds laughed and said they’d stick to the plan with the traps.

Early the next morning I barked loudly to tell my bipeds that the first stage of our plan had worked – we had caught two rabbits! My bipeds were pleased. Later that day we took the rabbits to their new homes. The same thing happened the next two mornings!

It all ended happily, the rabbits had new homes and some families in the village were very happy to have bunnies to look after. My bipeds were pleased to be able to sleep until the alarm clock woke them. Even the tall guy was happy because he stopped getting complaints about his rabbits, or their offspring, eating vegetable patches!

See you next Wednesday!

128 thoughts on “Rabbits! Whose Rabbits?

  1. Clowie, its a shame that tall man was so irresponsible (and he’s probably raising his kids that way)! He knew he was wrong, or he wouldn’t have given evasive and misleading answers. But as Will said, “All’s well that ends well!” We are sure those bunnies are glad your parents stepped up when needed. You really worked as a team letting your parents know when the bunnies were around. Good job!

    • It probably won’t surprise you to hear that his kids and his dogs were the most unpopular in the village! My bipeds would have had no idea the bunnies were there, if I hadn’t told them.

  2. So glad the rabbits were saved and rehomed! You and your family are very kind and thoughtful to help the little rabbits. 🙂

  3. The tall man’s logic defies us! Glad you chose the traps, not the pepper – never heard of that one before!

    • It is a very strange type of logic! My biped has seen him in non-action a few times and says it’s something like [Height + Denial = Getting away with it].
      We thought the traps were the more reliable option!

  4. What a funny story – village life is so interesting 😀

  5. Oh no we were expecting you to try the pepper thing. Some of the weirdest things do work. Mothballs gets rid of foxes for example. Old farmers trick and it worked. Glad the bunnies found a new home and well done there was no chasing involved by excited K9s which would be the case here. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. What a wonderful thing your family did for those little bunnies!! And it’s all because of you sounding the alarm. Good work, C. Mom is pretty sure she would not know the difference between wild rabbits and pets. I’m pretty sure I’m afraid of rabbits, even though I’ve never seen one.

    Love and licks,

    • Oh Cupcake, I don’t think you could be afraid of bunnies – they always run away! Wild rabbits are usually a brown/grey colour (in our part of the world) – unless they’ve bred with domesticated ones.

      • Our wild rabbits turn white in the winter. They’re really difficult to see in the snow, unless they move, and even then you aren’t really sure whether you saw something or not! The weasels also change colour for the winter months (then, Elizabeth says, kings want their fur to make trimmings for their cloaks! They call them ermines then – perhaps because no king wants to be associated with a weasel, BOL. I think the fur looks better on the weasel, myself…). We saw bunny tracks all over the road this morning on our walk. But we couldn’t see the bunny anywhere!
        Stella the Great Newfenees via my scribe

        • It’s very clever of the animals to turn white when everything is covered in snow! I’ve been wondering what rabbits find to eat when everything is covered in snow for such a long time.
          I’m sure you’re right about the fur looking better on the weasel than it does on a king.

  7. Clowie! HD was right about them not being his rabbits! They were mine!! It’s always good to have a snack on hand after a long home from Europa 😉 No need to trap them….I’d have had no problems catching them for you…they’re not so fast when up against a hungry predatory wolf looking for fast food fixes!!

  8. Clowie, I was laughing so much at the conversation, I spilt my tea..BOL I know it’s not funny but it is. We are glad the rabbits got good homes in the end, bet they were having a ball, eating in every ones gardens 🙂 Have a wonderful day, see ya next Wednezday xxooxx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • I know what you mean, even at the time we could see the funny side of the conversation. Some things are so ridiculous that you have to laugh! I think the rabbits were quite happy – it was summer, but people in the village were worried about them breeding like rabbits!

  9. Oops :D….should have read…”HE was right…” … and “a long HIKE home…” Wakey wakey Wolfie brain…too much rabbit I guess!!

  10. Phew the rabbits have bee rehomed xxx

  11. Wabbits, they are my hobby…I wait and watch for them all the time. I am a wabbit hunter. My Kuvasz sister likes to chase them but she would not hurt them. I am glad they found their home again.

  12. Wow what a story! I’m glad your bipeds and other kindly humans were able to find homes for the poor little wabbits! The pepper/lettuce thing seems VERY weird but I’m glad your bipeds employed “non-pepper” methods to catch them…..Bet you had fun watching them didn’t you Clowie!!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • Thanks Sammy, it was fun watching the rabbits hopping about on the lawn! My bipeds were fairly sure that they had a better chance of catching the rabbits with the traps. I’m sure the bunnies were pleased to get warm homes before the winter.

  13. There are some crazy/weird people in this world! But glad you and your bi-peds were there to help find the bunnies new homes:-)

  14. Way to alert your bipeds of those bunnies in need, Clowie! Glad everyone found a happy home. Such a heart-warming story! Much love, The Scottie Mom.

  15. Clowie that was the best ending! Got to wonder about some people.. 😯

  16. Mummy Janey and Daddy Chris say about some people…”There’s nowt as queer as folk”…the silly rabbit man included.
    The rabbits were saved because you helped,you are a clever boy!

  17. I loved this story. Sure glad all the rabbits were saved and you knew the difference in wild and domestic rabbits. We had a rabbit before. He was a boy named Prince that loved to go out in the fenced in back yard and spend his days but at night would come in. Prince thought he was a dog!
    I am going to try the lettuce , pepper and rock trick on some rabbits here. That sounds interesting. BOL!

    • I’m glad you liked it. Prince sounds like a real character!
      If you try the trick with the lettuce and pepper, be sure to have your camera set up – I would love to see the results!

  18. Sounds like that man needs to get a clue! lol… So glad you were able to help the rabbits. The lettuce trap idea sounds pretty creative hehe. I met a “feral” rabbit once. Some people brought him to our animal clinic and he was pretty nice. We have lots of bunnies here, but they are wild!

    • the tall guy has a unique view on life! We don’t see any wild bunnies where we live now, but we do see hares – very big ones.

  19. We have soooo many bunnies hoping around our condos. I believe they are wild ones though. They’re all white in the winter brown in the summer. Mr Tall Guy sounds like so many pet owners. It would have been hard to keep the conversation light and calm. Your Bi-ped did a good job and that and finding homes for the strays. My hubby’s old room mate had a rabbit that ate all the lamp cords. They love to chew stuff, but o’ so cute so I forgive them. Happy Wednesday Clowie 🙂

    • I’ve heard that you have to be very careful with electrical cables, if you want to let rabbits wander about indoors. I suppose that makes them a bit like puppies! I think my biped used about a week’s worth of patience in that one conversation.

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