Bunnies’ Arrival

“Lion”

Hutch set in the rabbit village

Bella meets the bunnies

When I told our friend Deb
that the fresh green grass
we’d given the adult rabbits
was too much for them
and they died,
she said:
“What kind of world is it
that rabbits can’t eat grass!?”
She was right.
Rabbits in the wild
are used to grass,
but domestic rabbits
aren’t used to lots of grass
and spring grass is especially rich
for them.

We had the rabbits
so that their manure
would feed the Red Wiggler worms,
in their composting process.
We were well-intentioned,
but not as informed
as we should have been.
Now there is only Bella.
We don’t want her to be alone
and we don’t want to give her
to someone else
where she’d have to live in a hutch
rather than her expansive rabbit village,
so we decided to get another tunnel mate—
well, two.
Yesterday,
we brought two bunnies
to live with her.
A gray and white one.
A black “lion”—
a breed named for that fluffy collar.
We put them in a hutch
and set the hutch in the rabbit village
so Bella could meet them—
and so they are protected for awhile
from the rambunctious
guineas, hens and rooster
(and the curious cats.)
We gave them (a little)
Timothy hay, as well as
pellets.
Bella got (just a little)
of the hay too,
since it’s new to her.
We have been aware
all along
that we have great responsibility
for the health and safety
of the animals
we bring to the farm.
Once again,
we’ve been reminded
and taken deeply to heart
the lesson that we must be ever-conscious
that when we interrupt
nature,
we change it.

Happily,
Bella seems excited
to meet the little ones.