Thursday, December 4, 2008

Suburban Commando Bunnies

(And by "commando," I mean they are running around without any underwear.)

So, the other night we were driving home in the dark, and a white rabbit hopped off the curb a block from our house. Then we spotted a black rabbit of similar size sitting in someone's yard several feet from the white rabbit. These two were clearly not related to the ubiquitous neighborhood cottontails that The Boy so enjoys swallowing whole in their youth.

The Alpha pulled the car to a stop and I emerged with the hope that I could, with my oh-so-deft call of, "Hey, bunnybunnybunny," lure them close enough that a rabbit rescue might ensue. But it was not to be. They hopped up someone's front walk, though, so I figured I might as well ring that doorbell.

"Um, hi -- you wouldn't happen to be missing two rabbits, would you?" I don't know what most people expect when they open their front door at 9 p.m. to find a neighbor they've met exactly once, but that's what she got from me. No, in fact, my across-the-alley neighbor wasn't missing rabbits. I pointed them out to her, where they were sitting on her lawn, just to make sure she knew I wasn't hallucinating.

She thought, though, that they might belong to her new next-door neighbors, so I went to their front door. Turns out that yes, they were missing some rabbits! Victory, I thought. But no, the dad of the family didn't seem too interested in rounding them up. He looked their general direction and said something to the effect of "we'll never catch them tonight."

"Okay, guy, I realize you're new around here, but free-range domestic bunnies just aren't really a thing in our neighborhood." At least, that's what I said on the inside. On the outside, I shrugged and went back to the car.

And each night since, I've seen one or both bunnies, still on the loose. They still don't come when called. They still can't be neeked up on (so they must not be unique rabbits). So I'm reduced to hoping I don't see them smushed in the road.

8 comments:

RevAnne said...

Word verification is 'chili'--very appropriate for the weather here.
Hope the bunnies find home (perhaps a more appropriate one than they left) soon!

jnors said...

This made me laugh today! Thank you. As the owner of "Aggie Bunny" in 1995-ish, I am sorry the bunny-daddy is not interested in herding his rabbits. He will either have the makings of rabbit stew or his own rabbit pellet factory when he gets around to the rescue.
My bunny hopped away from home because I moved out of the apt. that had grass wallpaper she loved to nibble, or maybe she was bunny-napped for either stew or a nice fur coat for a Barbie doll, or even a 4 - pack of lucky rabbit's feet.
I commend your neighborliness and bunny advocacy efforts!

the reverend mommy said...

Poor bunnies.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

neeked *snickers*

What a terrible bunny owner! I bet you could put out some lettace and carrots and round them up. You could take them to the humane society and someone would adopt them!

Michelle said...

Wascally wabbits - could be looking for a fight. I say step away from the bunnies.

MM

zorra said...

Poor bunnies! So many people have no business keeping animals.

Zen Otter said...

Silly bunny owners. Poor bunnies.

Word verification is rapsyng - and I had to refresh my browser four times to get anything remotely cool, if you consider that remotely cool, which, eh.

SpookyRach said...

"neeked" ha ha ha!