It's finally occured to me that I have a live-in solution to my book overcrowding issues; what I've heretofore seen as a necessary nuisance of having two free-roaming rabbits might be better viewed as an opportunity to discover the unknown literary tastes of rabbits. Or I could just continue to make available those books I no longer have a use for as a substitute for fresh (and expensive) timothy hay. Anything on the bottom shelf and within reach is fair game for their *reading* pleasure. Recycling in its simplest form!
Book or newspaper eating is far from unheard of with rabbits. Their teeth are open-rooted and grow continuously, hence their need for chewables. I buy them willow and apple sticks and give them bits of wood to chew to save the baseboards, but their preference is for my wicker porch furniture and those books stored down low.
I amuse myself with pondering their choices. For most of the winter they worked on a favorite book by illustrator Marjolein Bastin - a hardcover book, I can imagine the satisfaction of sinking one's teeth into it. Every morning there was less of it for me to replace on the shelf. By winter's end the cover and binding were gone; their interest in the loose pages has waned and this week they've found a new favorite by John Irving. Unfortunately it's one I haven't read yet.
I'm thinking I should replace that one and some of the others on the bottom shelf with something more bunny-appropriate and worthy of recycling:
A Taste For Rabbit
Rabbit Language or "Are You Going to Eat That?"
Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits, & Other Mathematical Explorations
Raising Rabbits For Fur, Meat And Profit
Any other suggestions for books a rabbit might love to eat?
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