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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Hopeful Rescue ..

Hello my dear friends,

yesterday my lovely neighbour Katherine called me, somewhat upset because she discovered that a neighbourhood cat seem to have killed 3 baby bunnies that were living in a nest under one of her rose bushes. She asked me if I could help because she wasn't sure if any of them could maybe still be saved. Unfortunately that wasn't the case so I took them home and buried them under our willow tree later that day.

 As I was checking the area around the rose bush to my surprise under dried grass and lots of bunny fur I found three more little bunnies still alive in the nest  ... was I thrilled! They were so cute with little button eyes wide open and little ears listening and just a bit larger than the size of an apple that would fit nicely in the palm of your  hand. 
I tried to take a photo from further away, without disturbing the nest but it didn't work too well. The only thing we were thinking about now, was are they going to be safe now since the mean old cat knew where they were?! I had to come up with a solution to protect them without interfering too much. 
It didn't take me too long to come up with what I hope will be the right thing that will maybe save these tiny nose twitchers. A short trip to the dollar store and a few cuts with a good pair of scissors and it was done...
... my baby bunny protector.
My neighbour Katherine and I carefully placed it over the nest and used tent stakes to secure the basket to the ground so it wouldn't tip over or fly away since it was quite windy outside. I am also hoping that the cat won't be able to move it. To be safe and to ensure that mama bunny wouldn't be put off coming back to her babies both of us wore gloves at all times to not leave any scent and as the final touch I also rubbed the basket with some damp soil as well. Fingers crossed it will help.
Like I mentioned earlier I buried the little ones that had died later that day under our willow tree next to some Hyacinth bulbs that just started growing ~ it was little sad. One a nicer note now ... just after that my neighbour came to tell me that she saw one of the other three babies hoping in the grass which made me so happy. Mother Nature is bringing rain the next few days and that might keep that mean old cat away from them at night ... I hope! I will try and keep you up to date as I can with this.
I am sure you noticed I used the word "hope" a lot in this post. In certain situations hope is all you might have.

"Hope ... a feeling of expectation or desire,
a feeling of trust."
I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.
Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. What a sweet, but sad story. This sounds like a wonderful solution to the problem and I sure hope that it works. Those little bunnies will be hopping around in no time. Thanks so much for sharing this story.

  2. Hope the 3 wee ones will survive. Bless you for trying to save them. Ingenious solution.

  3. Oh Karen, I hope that your creativity will save lifes now!

    Hugs Ines♥

  4. How sad that people allow their cats to wander at will, although perhaps this one was a stray. Either way, it's too bad about the baby bunnies, but sure to hope that your cover will work and keep the rest safe from harm.

  5. What a precious soul you are to try to help the little bunnies- I hope your creative solution helps:)

  6. I wish you both great success in your fantastic rescue mission and the only thing I can say about your baby bunny safety basket is - 'Nothing short of genius!!' Good luck and maybe a great big bell round the mean cats collar would alert all to his/her whereabouts. All the best. Mary

  7. Bless you for trying so hard to save the rest of those adorable bunny babies. I feel so sad for the others. Your neighbor should keep her cat inside!!! xo