Thursday, November 02, 2006

Real rabbits

Boomer and Cricket raiding and looting

A new occasional series documenting bunny mayhem as it occurs. No *cute overload* here; these will be the poorly-lit and pooty-strewn examples of real life with a rabbit (or five) that I wouldn't normally subject you to. Some might consider this ongoing series of pics as reason for not keeping rabbits, but to those of us who love them, these are just the minor annoyances that we look beyond because we love them so.

Tonight's example finds Boomer and Cricket pillaging the hay supply. They've managed to knock the bag of timothy hay off of the filing cabinet where it is kept safely out of their reach and are helping themselves to the contents. Cricket (with her face in the bag) is resting atop the bin used to store other hay. If I'm not careful when I'm refilling their baskets with hay and leave the top ajar, I will often find one of the two of them sitting inside the bin, pillaging and pooping there as if it were a litter box. What makes this pic funny is that just outside of view is a perfectly clean, hay-filled litter box. They'd rather steal and pooty on the floor.

12 comments:

Susan Gets Native said...

I love your series...first Mid-week bunny fix and now "Criminal Bunnies Undercover".

Well, at least they seem to be having a good time.
:)

bunnygirl said...

Yeah, the rabbits like to go straight to the source, don't they? I've more than once caught Tid doing the same thing-- diving for the Oxbow box when I've set out perfectly good hay in her favorite places.

Weirdos.

Ruth said...

Finally, some bunny pictures I can relate to! My daughter had "Benji" for 5 years, and I did not know how such a small dwarf bunny could produce so many pellets! Your next photo could be of chewed electrical cords. :)

NatureWoman said...

I actually think this is a cute photo! I love it when animals are industrious - usually causing more work for their human.

Mary said...

They are so sweet-looking - hard to believe they pooty and steal... I've never owned a rabbit nor have I known anyone with rabbits as house pets. Are they like owning a dog? Do they run around causing trouble and beg in the kitchen?

LauraO said...

Wicked, wicked rabbits! I'll say one thing...bunny poot is much easier to deal with than dog poot!

Michelle said...

Ah yes, the stolen stuff is always better according to rabbits!

Looking forward to the next installment of "Bunny Mayhem" :)

LauraHinNJ said...

Susan: lol!

Bunnygirl: I try to explain it away by thinking it is their need to *graze*.

;-)

Ruth: We're thinking alike, although I was going to post pics of the chewed baseboards and doorjambs!

Bunnies do poop a lot, but that's a good thing.

Naturewoman: Industrious huh? You're a positive thinker.

Mary: Rabbits are rabbits - not quite like a dog or cat, but prone to begging, yes. Independent and opinionated, yet timid. Curious and headstrong. Shy. Mischevious.

LauraO: Gosh yes! And makes good fertilizer for the houseplants and garden!

Michelle: The stuff I dream up at 2 in the morning. ;-)

silverlight said...

Our furbies usually get into mischief because they are bored.
My one dog chewed the leg off a sofa. I had to leave Saffron in the car one time, came back to poop in the back seat. My poodle chewed up my Hb. sox.
They do have ways of getting their say in.

vicki said...

I loved when we had rabbits so I'm all over these bunny posts. We had a silver lop named Rado Body (my 3 yr old son named him) and Selma Busynose, a giant black flemish hare with a huge dewlap. They were a hoot. Box trained, under optimal circumstances. They had an outdoor raised pen with an enclosed hutch but when it was bitter cold I would bring them in. Only when we moved years later did we discover that Selma had shredded 4 cases of my patient records for me in the far recesses of the storage room. That was exciting.
Rado would chew cords left unattended. Other than that they were perfect animal companions and we adored them.

These are great pictures, Laura-I love that they are so perfectly and simply driven in their behavior, as though this hay is a rare commodity. :-)

lené said...

I LOVE your real life bunny series. Tales from the tails. :) Hope you're having a good weekend, Laura.

LauraHinNJ said...

Silverlight: Great mischief stories - thanks for sharing them. I agree, either it's boredom or they are looking for attention.

Love the names Vicki! I understand what you mean by box-trained under optimal circumstances - most of mine are that way also. Rabbits are great companions, but do need supervision - mine love to *help* me grade papers and would happily shred them to bits as your Slma did.

Thanks, Lene. It's a long weekend for me - 4 days off.