Girl Rabbits in pen,
before their great escape

I’m not sure I can even keep this story
straight.
The rabbit saga
continues…
The boys had been separated
from the girls—
boys inside the rabbit village
in the barn;
the girls in the outside pens,
except for one male, black rabbit—
Houdi—
who lives with the chickens and guineas
in the barn outside the rabbit village.
Then, Pappa rabbit
began hopping around in the barn
and eventually made it outside.
We have seen Houdi
exploring far and wide around the farm,
once hopping along with a yellow cat.
But both he and Pappa
have so far
returned to the barn in the evening.
Then, the girls
burrowed their way out of their pen
and into the goat pen
on the south side of the barn.
One of the girls—
a fluffy one with a white spot on her nose—
hopped all around the corral
and had to be caught with a net
and put back in the pen.
Other girls haven’t been seen
again.
So, now there is Mamma
and two girls;
Pappa and Houdi.
The rabbit community
has diminished from 11 to 5.
Meanwhile,
Mamma sits on one side of the wire gate
that separates her from Pappa,
who sits on the other side.
It is sad to watch.
And, since they are escaping,
there is a very good chance
they will eventually get together.
So, Pappa has now been neutered.
Mamma is next—
because Pappa is still fertile
for another two or three months,
and we can’t stand to watch them
pine for each other
any more.
And, we learn,
that female rabbits have a high rate of cancer;
spaying prevents it.
If we spay the girls
they will be with us a lot longer—
unless, of course,
they run away.

Why?
Why do we do this?
Well,
there’s the rabbit manure,
which the Red Wigglers like
a lot.
And, we committed to rabbits,
and so here we are.
The bonus is
we get to learn about them.
They are fascinating.
Who would have thought
they would miss each other?
Or would run around the farm
and return at night to the barn?
Or play with one of the cats in the barn?
That’s why.