The day after I scooped the baby bunny from the pool I checked on them in the hole when I got home from work. I was relieved to see that they were both still in the hole and both were dry and fluffy and kinda happy looking.
The next day mother rabbit came by and was nursing the babies in the hole and that evening Jeff saw 4 babies in the yard with a mother. So cute! Two were looking one way, two were looking the other. This photo is a smidge blurry but you get an idea of the formation they were taking. Jeff tells me that one of the babies was munching on a piece of apple we had tossed out for them.
The day after that we discovered the two baby bunnies living behind the large flower pots on our patio. I’m not sure where the other two were living but we had two for sure. And they were smart about their digs. They were nestled behind the pots where they could feel safe and easily run in and out but nothing else could really fit in there to get at them. On Saturday I worked in the morning and when I came home I was working on the computer next to the patio doors and out of the corner of my eye I saw one of the babies scamper across the cement. I looked out and both the little guys were exploring and sniffing around on the patio. It was so cute to see them bobbing in and out between the flower pots and around the Adirondack chairs. Both Jeff and I got on the floor and practically had our noses against the window and one of the little guys actually jumped up on the little ledge outside the window and he and I were nose to nose for a good 15 seconds! I choose to think he was saying thanks for my heroic efforts a few nights earlier. Then he jumped down again and he and his brother played a while longer. We watched until we couldn’t see them anymore.
Last night might have been farewell to the little squatters. On Mondays the lawn mowing service comes around and I think they might have scared the babies away. I usually spot them at dusk but they were nowhere in sight, nor were they hiding in their usual spots. I do hope they come back because I’ve SO enjoyed having them around and watching them grow – which has been quite a lot!
I want a house rabbit now. I don’t think Virgil would stand for it, however. I guess I will have to love them from afar…