Well knock me over with a feather! Or maybe a rabbit’s foot is more fitting. About 8:00 tonight, as the sun began to set, I looked out my front door. There, not three feet from me, was a rabbit sitting on my walk–directly in front of the door! I’ve never seen a rabbit sitting that close to an open door–only the screen door was closed and I was on the other side of it making noise moving about!
The rabbit’s back was too me, but as she twisted just a bit and turned her head toward me I realized she was nursing her babies! (All together now, "ahh.") I could just barely see the sides of the two bunnies as their faces were tucked up to mommy and she maintained her privacy by keeping her back toward me.
I dashed to the kitchen to get a camera and ran back to the door as the camera powered on. Only, when I tried to take the picture, it displayed the low battery signal and died! I ran back to the kitchen grabbed my cell phone and tried to take a picture with it…but, as you can see, it couldn’t handle the screen! (You can, at least, see how close she is to my door.) Lastly, I ran upstairs and grabbed an old camera, and miracles of miracles its battery worked!
I ran back to the door, but by then Reggie was running around with me and mommy rabbit bolted–leaving two adorable bunnies on the front step! (Bad mommy!) I tried take their pictures, but hit the wrong button since I haven’t used the camera in a while and the camera shut down. By the time I got the camera on again, the bunnies had dashed under the evergreen tree. I did manage to get this picture of one bunny–I stood well away and zoomed in!
From inside the house and away from the bunnies, I kept an eye out for a while, but mommy didn’t come back. (Bad mommy!) About 9:30 Reggie and I left for our evening walk. We went out the garage door to keep Reggie away from the bunnies and wouldn’t you know it! Mommy was just creeping around the house and starting across the driveway when Reggie bounced out of the garage! Off she ran! And thirty minutes later when we came back…there was mommy at the bottom of my next-door neighbor’s driveway, making her way toward my house. We didn’t see her till we were within twenty feet, so we made a wide arch, but, yep, she ran off again.
I feel so bad! Reggie and I spent the rest of the evening downstairs, well away from the front door and the bunnies under the tree, so I hope mommy came and collected them! But, wow, I’ve never seen a wild rabbit nursing! It was so cute, but incredibly stupid considering the location! And, darn it, why couldn’t I have gotten a picture!