Between midnight and morning on September 8, an unknown predator destroyed the rabbit nest. (Previous posts about the rabbit nest can be found on August 25, August 27, August 30, September 4, and September 7.)
When we first discovered the damage, we searched the yard to see if any of the babies had survived. We found only one. It had somehow escaped to the far side of the yard and was cowering next to the fence, too stunned to seek safer cover. It remained in that spot through the day, alternating between sleep and quivering tension.
As shadows lengthened into evening the baby crept back to the nest, though it stopped short of entering the ruined shelter. When the mother rabbit emerged from her hiding place under the deck, about an hour later, a second survivor appeared. The new arrival, one of the litter’s largest siblings, dashed out of the ginger lilies and dove into a tuft of tall grass near the nest. The following video shows their twilight reunion, as well as tonight’s nursing session.