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. LOL I love that they were trying to lie but not. I am glad the rabbits found homes.


  2. I love life in villages and small towns 🙂

    It was good of you to allow rehoming of the bunnies Clowie; I’m sure you would have been just as happy to chase them …bunnies just run so well when chase is given.

    • It would have been fun to chase them – it’s always tempting if something runs away! But I’m glad they got nice homes before the winter.

  3. Two parts of your story made me laugh, one was the conversation with the original owner , the second was the lettuce on the rock solution.
    Enjoyed that blog.

  4. hmmmmm…so, I guess….they isn’t yet a program to help spay/neuter bunny rabbits???…interesting…why would anyone have breeding bunnies and expect never to have an “accident’…thank Cod your bipeds could help save those abandoned bunnies…no matter the species…abandonment is still abandonment…sigh…paw pats, Savannah

    • I think there is a lot less awareness of the possibility of spaying / neutering rabbits than there is for cats and dogs. But in the case of the original bunnies, I don’t think awareness was the issue – the tall guy allowed his two male dogs, which were not neutered, to roam free.

  5. Such a complicated way to justify the rabbits running free. It could have been solved so much easier if he had just admitted that it was his rabbits and see if they could find a home. And you did such a good job just letting your Bipeds know the rabbits were there 🙂

    • I think he wanted to make sure that no one expected him to help in any way. I made sure to tell my bipeds each time the rabbits were there – they’d never have known otherwise!

  6. I’ve said it before and I will say it again

    Hurray for your humans!!

  7. Wow! Not only is her an irresponsible rabbit owner, he’s an irresponsible parent too!

    Christie from lifewithbeagle.com

  8. That’s an interesting way to catch a bunny – lettuce and pepper and a rock! So glad your bipeds chose the less traumatizing way to capture those bunnies. Good for you for alerting everyone to them! Gosh – they would have been breeding over and over again if you hadn’t let everyone know they were there!

    Boo on the Tall Guy. Sheesh.

  9. Glad the story had a happy ending! That tall guy sure was stupid!

  10. Clowie, I’m surprised your bipeds didn’t let you eat some of those rabbits– Annie and Dottie would most certainly have gotten rabbits for dinner, had they come to our front lawn for breakfast!

  11. Cooool….. I’m speaking ironically! The guy was awful! Fortunately there are some people like your bipeds who really care about animals. That is, about us, right?

  12. Sounds like the tall guy needed a good smack upside the head. And I do so wish your bipeds had tried the rock/pepper/lettuce trick. What a great story that would have made!

    • I think a few people would have liked to ‘explain’ things to him in that manner! But the rabbits were better off without him. I don’t know why my bipeds wouldn’t try that trick – I’m hoping someone will try it and make a video!

  13. hehehe

    What a great story. And you’re did such a great job. Those humans are very lucky to have you

  14. We had rabbits who escaped, too. Not sure what happened to them – we were definitely irresponsible though. Rabbits in OZ are not good for anything. In England though I thought they were more or less native?

    • You’re right, wild rabbits are a natural part of the countryside in England. There are a number of different breeds of pet rabbit and they are not always able to cope as well in the wild, especially in the winter. But in some places escaped pet rabbits have survived and bred with wild ones.
      Some people who live where there are wild rabbits take great trouble to keep them out of their gardens as the rabbits eat vegetables and flowers.

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