We have a new game in our home, it’s called…Spying on the Bunnies. A few weeks ago I planted some tulip bulbs in our front flower bed (I know it’s the wrong time of year, but they were on clearance). That night a mama bunny decided to evict a good portion of the bulbs and make a burrow. We’ve seen her off and on and wondered if there were any babies.
On Tuesday, a friend of Josiah’s came over early in the morning and when he came inside he said, “Hey, there are baby bunnies out here.” So we now have several baby bunnies. We tried taking pictures of them but this is all we got…
So, Benjamin set up a security camera that Grandpa gave us to spy on them. Now, this is what we see…
Benjamin was also able to take a few photos and video through the window. I’ll spare you the video.
As you can see these are not wild bunnies. They are pets and someone in our area is not being a good pet owner. So now, we are left to deal with the consequences of their irresponsibility…and, to be honest, I’m a little irritated about it.
It’s not just the bunnies, it’s also the feral cats that we now have to protect our chickens from and the stray dogs that people just drop off “out in the country”. We have a neighbor that continually feeds the feral/stray cats. This happens to be the same neighbor that “got tired” of raising rabbits and so just let them go.
There’s a responsibility to having animals and that responsiblity involves caring for them their entire lives or finding new homes for them, or harvesting them if it’s an animal that is edible. (I know that last one sounds harsh but it’s reality).
I’m not sure what will happen to these bunnies in the end. My hope is that they’ll chose to relocate so we don’t have to make decisions about them. I know, that’s the wimpy way out but all I did was plant tulips and the mama showed up. We didn’t chose to have rabbits. If we decide to feed them, then they’ll become our responsibility.
So, as the feed stores and pet stores put out their “We have bunnies” signs over the next few weeks. Please think about what you are going to do with that bunny once it become full grown. Because really, just letting it go free is not a very nice thing to do. The same goes for all the chicks that will be given to children over the next few weeks leading up to Easter. Jill at the Prairie Homestead has a great post on homeless chickens.