August 6, 2018 at 7:29 pm #924677
The Velvet BulldogParticipant
While watering the front yard this evening, two baby bunnies ran out from under the tangle of lavender on the parking strip. I’ve seen what I thought was *A* rabbit here and there in our Westwood area neighborhood this year, but now it seems it was more than one. And apparently they’re breeding like…you know.
Is anyone else experiencing a Watership Down moment in their neighborhoods? I don’t remember ever seeing rabbits before this year.
And all this time I was blaming the dog for eating the strawberries out of the garden. (That’s actually still plausible…) but I’m now guessing it wasn’t her that ate the spinach.August 6, 2018 at 10:17 pm #924701
WSBKeymasterAugust 7, 2018 at 1:27 pm #924757
I old lab caught a rabbit in our backyard. He was very proud of himself and was preparing to have a light snack of hasenpffer. Alas, I had to take it away because I didn’t want to wash gut off my deck. I was pretty impressed, though! He’s 11 and was fast enough to catch a rabbit?! He had the biggest smile I’ve ever seen. He probbly would’ve shared with me, too, because I’m his best friend next to my daughter.August 7, 2018 at 3:12 pm #924766August 7, 2018 at 9:05 pm #924765
They’re plentiful around the Hall at Fauntleroy, and that neighborhood. They’re mostly cottontails, which are populating urban areas now.August 8, 2018 at 4:59 pm #924925
First, the bunnies blend in well *until they move*…Near Schmitz Park there is one nesting bald eagle pair and coyotes so I hope they take care of the rabbits. Not that they harm me, but they are non-native animals.August 9, 2018 at 8:47 am #924955
For the past 12 years I have bike-commuted from the Admiral area to SouthPark on the bike paths along Harbor Ave and West Marginal Way and have seen dozens of rabbits daily, mostly in the AM hours (5:30-6:00ish).
Sadly 4 of them have died when they ran directly into my path.
As you know, rabbits don’t run in a straight-line to evade their predators, instead they zig-zag unpredictably utilizing their quickness and agility to help keep from getting captured.
One rainy morning one was trying to ‘get away from me’ when all-of-a-sudden it turned into my path so I swerved to avoid it, lost traction and slid straight into a tree, one of its lower branches striking me in the lower chest which broke under my weight and momentum fracturing a rib and leaving about a 10″ scrape across my torso that just barely broke the skin.
At that point I had to make a tough decision to NOT try to avoid them in the future as they aren’t responsible for my welfare, won’t come to my assistance if I have a crash while trying to avoid it, and won’t pay my bills if I get hurt bad enough and can’t work.
Each time it broke my heart and made me cry that I killed on of God’s creatures. Each time I removed its body from the trail, placed it in the growth nearby and said a prayer for it.
During these years I have noticed their numbers have greatly increased, and like so many here, am seeing them in our neighborhoods with greater frequency.
Now when I’m approaching one I will growl loudly with the hopes of driving it away sooner and with more urgency of wanting to avoid me.
August 9, 2018 at 7:05 pm #925007
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The Velvet BulldogParticipant
“Bunny Rabbit Sightings” was the main topic of conversation at our “Night Out” gathering!August 10, 2018 at 7:08 am #925078
“Bunny Rabbit Sightings” was the main topic of conversation at our “Night Out” gathering!
That’s a night out I’ll definitely attend.August 11, 2018 at 9:18 pm #925271September 7, 2018 at 1:02 pm #927434
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