6/10/2009

Wednesday - Wabbit Wescue

Last week we smelled something new in the corner of the yard we can't get to because of the fence. It's a jungle out there, nobody mows it, so it's nice and weedy, at least till this past weekend. We started paying a lot of attention to that little corner, & since we couldn't tell mom what we smelled (she's not that fluent in Siberian), she got all worried that maybe there was a snake in the grass or something equally life-threatening.  She made dad go out there with a weed-whaker to chop it down to size. No snakes.

BUT about a half-hour later mom came running cause she could hear screaming like someone was jumping up & down on a squeakie toy and saw we were trying our best to press ourselves through the grid openings in the fence. She looked over and saw a little brown critter rolling around on the grass. Its eyes were closed so it had no idea where it was. We were trying to convince it to come play with us, but mom quickly stuck US inside. Can woo believe it?

She tried to grab it & stick it back inside a little hole in the ground that she could see, now that the weeds were gone. Wascully wabbit that it was, it rolled under the fence & stopped under a plank where she couldn't reach it.

Then she came in & called our vet's emergency line & then another emergency line and then another.... you get the picture.  She finally reached a woman who does cottontail wabbit wescue work. Believe it or not, she is the state's official rehabilitator/specialist for cottontail rabbits.

OK, so it turns out that this woman lives on the next island over but it just so happens that she will be meeting some other folks for a rabbit-exchange in just a couple hours right next to the place mom gets edibles for the cold box. The lady told her how to "prepare" the baby bunnies for transport.

Now we would loved to have shown her how WE "prepare baby bunnies" for transport, but we couldn't convince her, in spite of looking our cutest and wooing ever so politely.

So the bite-size bunnies got scooped out of the ground & put in a box and whisked off to cross the Bay to be raised by bipeds till they're old enough to be on their own. Mom did get a couple pictures by holding the camera over the box, she "didn't want to disturb them", so these aren't the best photos she's ever taken.
Here they are, 6 balls o' fluff:
The Wabbit Woman said they all looked great, that their mama must have fed them that morning, and she will call to let our mom know how they're doing. She said mom did the right thing, as Mama Bunny might not come back now that the weeds are gone, & growing up mere inches from our Jaws of Death would not have worked out well (for the bunnies.) Harumph. They seemed like they would be more fun to play with than boring stuffed squeakies. Guess we'll never know.

Woos and a-roos,
Star & Jack a-woo

PS - The Wabbit Woman just called and told mom all the buns are doing furry furry well, have good appetites, took right to the bottles, and she's furry pleased with how things are going. The little bun that rolled away got some extra TLC & medicine cause he seemed a bit disoriented & started screaming his little head off late last night, but he's better now & will rejoin his sibs in the morning... Like we care.

14 comments:

Phred said...

Sounds like Daze gone Bye at Findlay -
when the groundskeepers let the east half of the
Bark Park "grow wild" - annna poor lil
forest kritters would build nests in the jungle -
not knowing the Great Big Hunter Dawgs
frequented the place at random tymes.

No Rarebitt for younze guys tanite, huh?

Princess Eva and Brice said...

They are so cute and we're happy to hear that they are safe.

But now Momma feels bad about giving us rabbit treats earlier today.

Princess Eva

The Thundering Herd said...

Your own personal snack pantry and your mom cleared it out. Hrmph. Though our humans say the bunnies are cute.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Good thing woo got 'em relokhated!

They were probably going to try and sublet your place!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: Moms are SUCH spoilsports!

Noll's Nip said...

They are so sweeeet. Glad you were able to rescue them :)

Pamela, Kira and Scampi said...

Wooo! I am sure a bunch of bunnies would have been fun to play with, but my Mommy would have done the same locked us in and rescued them rabbits. Too bad. Mommy says she is glad they are safe from the jaws of doom!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Maverick the Pirate said...

Harrrrrr Star of the Seven seas and Black Jack a Roo
There be a lot of bunnys in that box Harrrrr.
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate

The OP Pack said...

We had a similar situation years ago pre-Siberian days. And it didn't end quite so happily:( Your mom did a good thing but we would like to have had a chance to play with them too:)

Woos, the OP Pack

The Army of Four said...

Ooooh, little Oswald babies!!! They're so sweet! Thank goodness they're safe!!!
Tail wags,
Storms

Sitka, Tia, & Cornelia Marie said...

WOW! LOok at those little bunnies!!!!
Hugs,
Sitka

Ozzie the OZmonster said...

So much fuzz

Lucky for those little yum-yums. They are quite cute though. We are happy for the little guys.

Cute

Tracey and Huffle said...

Did you know that rabbits are considered a pest in Australia and anything you do to get rid of them is a good thing?

Want to come over for a rabbit hunt?

Huffle Mawson

Mochi and Mommy said...

They're cute! :)

I'm glad they're safe, but they look fun to play with!

Mochi

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Well, that's pretty cool that your mom is so nice to bunnies. I might have picked some rabbit stew.

Steve