Thursday, 28 May 2015

Saving Lives

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I saved another one of these this morning, a lovely little baby wild rabbit, old enough to be away from it's Mum but obviously not old enough to know the dangers of a stalking big ginger puss.

Ginger brings them alive and kicking back to the house.  I think usually he finishes them off close by and sits enjoying his warm breakfast not far from the conservatory door.  But once last week and then again this morning his little 'takeaway breakfast' escaped from his grasp and had the sense to hide in a small place.

And for the second time I have been in the right place at the right time.  Last time I was going round the back of the house to the tap and saw he had one trapped behind the waste pipe, it was squeezed into the smallest of places and would have been mercilessly tormented until Ginger had lost patience, or dragged it out. I picked Ginger up and unceremoniously dumped him in the house with the cat flap locked and come back to wheedle little Mr Bunny from his hiding place.

That one froze and lay perfectly still in my hands so I examined him all over and once satisfied that he was intact and not injured in any way I took him to the edge of the woodland and let him go , the shocked little bunny just sat there frozen after the shock of his ordeal and the thorough examination, so I picked him up again gave him a quick warming cuddle and gently threw him into the undergrowth, this brought him to his senses and he hopped away.

This mornings little bunny had squeezed himself behind the planters on the patio and would have been yanked out pretty soon if fate and Mavis' weak bladder had not sent me out to let Mavis have a wee.  I left both dog and cat fascinated by the planters and picked up the little furry fluff ball from right under their noses, trying in vain to check his wriggling body over, but he was obviously as fit as a frightened fiddle and once on the edge of the woods he hopped away to safety.  

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I came back to find a very puzzled trio of dogs and one very cross cat examining every inch of the patio pots for the obviously now completely invisible bunny.

Saving lives, especially first thing in the morning is a pretty good start to the day.

Sue xx

12 comments:

  1. Good on you Sue. My cat Poppy catches mice every few months. If they are dead, she can play with them as long as she likes. But, if they are alive I feel sorry for them, and have distract her, and let them get away.

    Julie Q

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  2. Aw thats so cute..we rescued little sparrows from our Simba at times..wow he would growl as loud as any dog at us..its a great way to start the day sue..
    sara

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  3. So glad you were there to save the little bunnies. But don't they eat your plants, Sue? Ginger is just trying to protect you. ;-)

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    1. They do and I shout and swear at them for doing it ... but whenever it is in my power to do so I will always save a life.

      I carefully pick the bugs out of the water trough in the polytunnel, even though they were most probably having a drink after nibbling on my plants, I toss slugs into the undergrowth when I pick them off my flowers rather than kill them. I'm just a great big softy and cannot for the life of me kill something or stand by while it is being killed.

      I thank the dogs and Ginger for bringing me little creatures, whether they be dead or alive, I never tell them off it is purely in their genes to do the things they do, but whenever possible I will intervene and save any living thing they have. Especially Ginger, cats torment their prey for ages before the final kill, at least Rosy kills her catches with one clamp of the windpipe or snap of the neck.

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  4. Baby birds are our biggest problem at the moment. I've rescued baby birds from the dogs' mouths several times!

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  5. With 8 cats, some of them very good hunters, I've done this many a time . . . Well done for rescuing this one - I'm sure he is glad you did!

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  6. Feel the same on rescuing cute fuzzy bunnies and the like on our property. Snakes I must say don't fair as well. Here in Texas we are over run with copperheads and they are poisonous. After my sweet dog was bitten 2 years ago(and survived after an expensive vet visit) the gloves came off so to speak and the snakes come to an untimely end!

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  7. Feel the same on rescuing cute fuzzy bunnies and the like on our property. Snakes I must say don't fair as well. Here in Texas we are over run with copperheads and they are poisonous. After my sweet dog was bitten 2 years ago(and survived after an expensive vet visit) the gloves came off so to speak and the snakes come to an untimely end!

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  8. I always remember my husbands step mothers cat bringing home someone's Christmas Turkey that was obviously hanging in an out house somewhere. Too late to save it's life. So it was buried in the garden as they didn't know where it had come from.

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  9. I ahte to go against popular opinion but I could do with your cat I think...

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  10. I hope the bunnies remember you when you plant out your veggies!!

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  11. I can't resist a little bunny, definately the right choice, save the bunny!!! We've just spent a few days in Peter Rabbit country (the Lake District) so I'm more familiar with rabbits that wear coats. Love reading your blog. Sarah

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