30 April, 2007

Rabbit Rescue

We rescued this baby rabbit from an attack-cat yesterday morning on the way to church. We pulled our car into my mother-in-law's driveway to pick her up for Sunday School and found this little one cowering under a shrub, it had already suffered a flesh wound and the attack-cat hovered nearby, ready for round #2. My husband shooed away the cat. My mother-in-law supplied a box for a temporary refuge while we were gone. This is a feisty baby with a strong survival instinct. It's currently living in our basement in a crate and eating well. We simply can't raise it and set it free here; we have an abundance of hawks soaring above our rural homeplace. We'll pass it on to a family with children this evening who will continue to nurse it back to health until it's strong enough to live on it's own. I'm glad that we happened by when we did...

Life is Good!
... and timing is everything...

Sad update: 10 AM, Monday morning. This little one didn't make it.
It may have been that the wound was too great, or that the rabbit was just too young to survive without it's mother. You never know with the delicate balance of nature and wildlife. We didn't have a choice yesterday but to save it from a certain death,
I'm so very glad that we at least tried; and that it's short life was marked with this photo.

10 comments:

Carole said...

Oh, so good of you to have rescued that little one! Maggie, our huntress, had somehow found a burrow of baby rabbits a few years back. We were outraged when she kept bringing them home, one at a time. We managed to rescue one. We had one annoyed cat at us. Nature, what can you do? I'm so glad that she hasn't found any more.

YankeeQuilter said...

She is so precious. There ar lots of rabbit warrens near us...I love to watch them come out and around sunset to feed. So far niether Macbeth nor the cats have shown any hunter instincts. (too well fed I guess!)

Connie said...

How kind of you to come to the rescue. :)

Libby said...

The little baby got the chance to know the kindness of humans.

teodo said...

Oh I can't see the photo.
ciao ciao

Ancestor Collector said...

Oh, so sad.....

mamaspark said...

We had to rescue a bunny from a cat too. It had a large gash but just through the skin. I brought some drugs and suture material from work and sewed it right up! Good as new. I'm sorry your baby didn't make it : ( She is in God's hands now.

Nancy said...

A sad little story, but I'm glad you told it.

Quilt Memories said...

So sorry the bunny didn't make it, but it is better off if it's wound was so severe.
God bless you for trying. The world is a better place because of people like you.

Carol said...

Awwww! How nice, and how sad. But at least you tried. The picture is sweet.