It all started on Kitty’s 8th birthday at the end of December last year. My darling brother and his sweet wife were visiting us for Christmas. They said to Kitty, ‘If you could choose ANYTHING for your birthday gift from us, what would it be?’ She thought for a second and said, ‘A baby bunny’.
‘Then a baby bunny it’ll be’ they replied.
We spent the rest of the day driving from pet store to pet store looking for a baby bunny. Alas, it being two days after Christmas, there was not a baby bunny to be found in the whole of the city.
Towards the end of our search, the word ‘baby’ disappeared from our search criteria and any old bunny would do. Kitty already had a beloved bunny at home… a girl bunny called BunBuns and when we finally decided upon a bunny in that last store, we made doubly sure that our new pet was a girl. ‘Yes, yes!’ the young girl behind the counter told us, ‘she is definitely a girl’.
Toffee Toots, a caramel brown bunny, came home with us to loving sounds from Teddy and Kitty in the back of the car. Sadly, Toffee Toots escaped from her cage the next day and hours and hours of searching declared her to be lost forever. Lots of tears and regrets were had by all. And that was that! Or so we thought.
BunBuns became the beloved bunny once more. Here is a photo of beloved BunBuns. Kitty got her for her 6th birthday, two years ago. We kept her in a cage and she bit anyone who ventured to put their hand inside. I couldn’t bear a caged animal and so we decided to let her free in the yard and hope for the best. She lives in a warren under the deck. We feed her every day and pet her very occasionally when she lets us catch her.
So, back to our story. Ten days ago, A Good Man came home from work and was startled by a baby bunny in our yard. ‘Have you guys got another bunny?’ he asked as he came through the door. ‘I thought the last one was such an ordeal that you declared that you were DONE with new bunnies!’
‘No!’ Kitty and I replied in unison. Out we went to see and, sure enough, there was a baby bunny! Just then BunBuns thumped her feet and the baby bunny hopped under the deck with her and disappeared down into the warren. Kitty and I were stunned! A baby bunny!!
Meet Baby BunBuns…
Oh my gosh, she surely must be the cutest bunny in the world!
As there has been a hawk on the fence, we have brought her inside.
The children are utterly in love.
Now this is the part that brings me the MOST joy of all. Every morning BunBuns (mommy bunny) is waiting on the deck for us when we wake up (we have tried to keep her inside overnight but she pleads desperately for us to let her out and we just cant keep her in against her will). We open the door and she, our outside bunny, hops happily inside. She jumps straight onto the couch and waits for us to bring Baby Buns to her. Baby Buns dives under her mom, lies on her back with her feet straight up in the air and nurses, her ears pinned back and her eyes tightly shut. This beautiful ritual goes on twice a day, morning and dusk and both mom and baby seem totally undisturbed by our close proximity. Us being there doesn’t bother them at all.
After nursing they love for a little wile and then BunBuns jumps down from the couch, has some food we’ve set out for her and then asks to be let out again. Baby Buns goes frisking about for a while, totally un-worried that her mom has left. It’s amazing.
Often, during the day, BunBuns will come into the house again to see her baby. They will nuzzle for a little and then BunBuns will lie down on the carpet for a rest. She is too sweet!
So, isn’t it uncanny how Kitty got her birthday wish after all… a baby bunny!
Blessings and magic,