During one of the first times I cut the grass this year, I got a full-blown scare as I made my way along the inside of the fence in the back yard.
Something made its way UNDER the fence, which was pretty impressive considering that there is so little clearance. I brought the mower to a halt in just enough time to see a little bunny go darting across the yard and disappear. I soon discovered that he spends a lot of time under one of our bushes or under the neighbors’ pine tree. I started putting lettuce and some seeds at or near both spots.
Several weeks later, he’s now a regular – and getting bigger all the time.
This means, of course, that I’ve also had to regularly watch for and chase away Big and Bigger, the two neighborhood cats who do their own version of wildlife watch only the wildlife ceases to be alive at the end of it for them. These cats are two versions of the same creature, identical in features, except Bigger is about 75 percent bigger than Big, who is huge! (While I'd never hurt them, beyond pinging them with the occasional rock to get their attention, they don't need to know that.)
The mother and I regularly report daily sightings of the bunny to each other and fret when there are none. We both diligently also watch for Big and Bigger. Then, when we came home the other night just after dark, I saw something in the yard.
“Look, it’s the bunny,” I said. Except when I looked, he looked quite small, only marginally bigger than when he’d first arrived. Clearly, this was not the same bunny.
We now have TWO bunnies and they apparently know each other. When I took the trash out yesterday, Bunny 1 was contentedly eating clover in the sidelot. In the middle of the driveway, about 10 feet from the first, Bunny 2 was standing on hind legs staring at me as I approached.
When I got home from work last night, Bunny 1 was eating clover near the neighbors’ pine tree.
As I opened the backdoor, I noticed some movement beneath the tree: It was Bunny 2! So, we are now the guardians of two yard bunnies for the summer.
Note to Big and Bigger: STAY AWAY FROM THIS D*MN HOUSE! They’re MY bunnies. MINE! Got it?