There are a lot of rabbits (or probably hares, actually) around here, where we moved to in 2019. It’s always a treat to see them. They are very calm and curious here, unlike the cute city rabbits I have encountered. The rabbits in the cities where I have lived seem more skittish. Understandably so, there are more cars and people to stress them.
The rabbits here watch us (obviously, we watch them, as well).They are curious and observant. They let us get so close to them and they will munch on grass, clovers, or something for a very long time, even within 6 ft. or so from us!
In the back yard, maybe 2 ft. from the driveway, a mother bunny made a good den for her babies. She chose a spot that had a sprawling ground cover of a plant that was not all grass. This allowed for the entrance to be undetectable. We knew of it because the neighbors’s harmless, tiny dog smelled them. Of course, I showed Murph the cute babies. See him seeing them here: “Murph Meets Baby Bunnies”. Within a few days of posting that, the den was empty, and the neighbors and I hoped the babies were safe.
I’ve been typing the word rabbits, but, I think they are hares (maybe rabbit sounds cuter, more fitting). There are differences between the two. One difference being that baby rabbits are born blind & furless, hares are not. A rabbit will not mate with a hare in their natural habitat, I read that & thought it interesting. As tiny as the babies were, with open eyes and fur, I assume they were born that way, and thus, think they are actually hares.
Within a week or so, I saw a baby against the garage door all alone. Good, we know of atleast one survivor so far. I believe they all survived, though I haven’t seen more than one of that size at the same time. I wanted to hold the precious thing, give it companionship, and keep it safe. It had doubled in size! It allowed me to be only a few inches from it.
Maybe that is the one at the entrance of the den that I broke down and petted. You can see which one that is in the post I linked you to above. I tried not to touch the babies. I tried. I was disciplined for many days. I checked on them every day. But, I couldn’t take it anymore! The precious fuzzy wuzzy cuteness was too much! I took a photo of that baby by the door, but I must have saved it to a usb and cleared it from my phone because I can’t find it to show you.
So, Lil’ Murph and I were sitting on the front porch, and here is one of the babies. I wish the photo was better.
Yeah, I know the lawn needs edged. I could work every day in the yard, but I can’t and I won’t.
One of the babies got this large after only a month of having left the den!
I appreciate the bunnies and all animals of the world. I especially admire sloths, octopuses, fish & elephants (& now raccoons because we have Gypsy. I didn’t know they were so cute, funny & smart). Still though, my deep love for lizards is unshakeable. I have felt an attachment to them since I was a little girl. Some people feel drawn to dogs, dolphins, cats, and so on. Some of those people help the animals that seem to be their favorites.
Our Lil’ Murph and Copper and my other lizards are an inspiration for me to show people how sweet, smart, funny, and beautiful lizards are. Too many people see them as creepy, think of them as pests, or disregard the possibility they could be loving, sentient beings. You can see how some people regard lizards and others here.: If We Love Animals, We Must Not Support The People Behind The Animal Mills *caution: what you will see there may break your heart.
I’ve wondered when they day comes that we no longer have Lil’ Murph, could I still keep this website going? Could I find the inspiration to post things without the joy of taking new photos of Murph to share with you? I hope I could, because others should care about lizards too, and need to know tips and tricks for providing good homes for them. I know many of you will miss Murph too.
Murph and I have gotten such kind comments from people, such as “I am less frightened of lizards now.” to people thanking us for showing them who lizards are as creatures and animal friends. Sincere words as these show me that we are doing something good and meaningful. It may be in baby steps, or one person at a time developing an appreciation for a creature they previously didn’t like or consider because of seeing how charming Murph is, : ) as well as reading neat facts about different lizards. I hope this all helps lizards somewhere.
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“Give me Lizardry or give me Death!” – Dawn Renée