Update from the Rabbit Nest

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.

7 thoughts on “Update from the Rabbit Nest

  1. Simone Lipscomb September 10, 2012 / 10:04 PM

    Awesome images! So precious to see these little ones. Happy that they survived.

    • Rae Spencer September 11, 2012 / 4:59 PM

      Thank you! They are a lot of fun to watch!

  2. Sharon Poch September 10, 2012 / 11:23 PM

    Poor, dear bunnies. I hope the “predator” is long gone, never to return.

    • Rae Spencer September 11, 2012 / 5:00 PM

      No more trouble so far!

  3. lynnwyvill September 11, 2012 / 9:19 PM

    when I read your first sentence, I held my breath and read as fast as I could to the end. Thanks for the video. They are all so cute. And I hope the predator is long gone.

    • Rae Spencer September 11, 2012 / 9:45 PM

      I didn’t want to write about the nest being destroyed, because I couldn’t imagine a way to post such news without making everyone depressed. Then I got the video clips. I hope they make up for the grim beginning!

      • lynnwyvill September 11, 2012 / 10:13 PM

        Absolutely! Actually, I thought the beginning was wonderful because it made the account very suspenseful.

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