Unexpected Discovery - finding our baby rabbits

by Joel
(Sydney, NSW, Australia)

Taking a sneak shot in the rabbit tunnel

Taking a sneak shot in the rabbit tunnel

Taking a sneak shot in the rabbit tunnel
A bundle of fur!
The baby rabbits in the hutch
The rabbit warren entrances;  Babies in the top left.

We had two rabbits - one a boy one a girl. Unfortunately the male rabbit died. The female rabbit, Knight, kept on digging holes in this garden bed and the next day filled it with dirt again only at the entrance.

We noticed that the female suddenly lost weight. A few weeks later Micah and I were checking how long the tunnels were by uncovering the dirt from the entrance of the tunnel, but because we could not feel how long the tunnels were.

So we dug a hole into the middle of the tunnel, and we noticed a side tunnel going of to the side. I started to dig the tunnel out but we stopped for a moment because I put my hand in and felt something furry and warm and so I was surprised and brought my hand back out. Micah put his hand in and felt it too. We told Mum that we felt something in the tunnel.

So Micah stuck his head into the tunnel and saw three baby rabbits, but it was dark and he could not see it very well so he went and found a torch and then saw them a lot clearer. We told Talitha that we found three baby rabbits in a tunnel hidden well by the mum rabbit.

Micah, Talitha and I then each took one out and put it into the cage. As we were looking at them I felt in the hole to see if there were more in there that we did not see and I found a fourth baby rabbit. The Mother rabbit kept it hidden from us by burying the entrance of the tunnel after she fed them. We know the babies were in the tunnel for quite a while because they were covered in fur.

The baby rabbits were all black except one which was a yellowy white, like the father, Pip.

The tunnel on the top left is the tunnel we found the babies in.

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