Sitting outside, enjoying a warm evening, my husband and were entertained by the antics of rabbits in the garden.
Mother rabbit began bringing her tiny family (three babies) into our garden this past week. Such adorable little bundles, they were hardly able to walk when we first saw them.
Last evening the mother rabbit came out again. She was feeding not too far from where we sat; obviously not perturbed by our presence.
Suddenly, a flurry of movement revealed wee bundles beside her. The babies began foraging in the flower bed, with mother watching closeby.
A young squirrel decided to join them, which irked the mother rabbit for a while. She was very protective of her babies, and kept chasing the squirrel away. It, however, was determined to stay.
One time, she actually swatted at it until it ran up a nearby tree; but it was not deterred. Mom was obviously in a ‘stew’ as the intruder would not leave. Time passed. They were in the garden for close to an hour. Mom checking on her babies constantly.
To us, it appeared that the squirrel just wanted to play. We weren’t sure how this episode would play out, having never witnessed this kind of behaviour before.
The squirrel would chase the babies, much to their protective mother’s consternation. Eventually though, she seemed to accept that it meant no harm, and staying close she allowed it to interact with the bolder baby.
Quite an entertaining evening, and definitely a delightful end to our evening sit in the garden.