Just over a year ago we rescued a rabbit. He had been dumped or had escaped but he stayed in the same place for three days. Three days, because the everlovin' had seen him one morning on the way home from work. I, riding my bike, trying to look like I wouldn't fall off didn't see anything of the kind. That evening the rabbit was still there, a fluffy black flop eared rabbit like him stands out in the Australian landscape - even the urban landscape. We unsuccessfully tried to catch him, rang the ranger and felt like we hadn't really done enough. The next night, the everlovin' and I chased the poor rabbit around until we caught him in a strangers backyard (yes, that did take some explaining when the occupant arrived home).
We had him vet checked and even though I had told myself not to get attached before the 14 day myxy wait was over I was a ball of nerves. Then it was another vet visit to have him vaccinated and de sexed. His previous family didn't want him anymore, but we were determined to give him as good a home as we could provide.
I've never known a rabbit before, and as ever, most of my preconceptions were beyond inaccurate and the more I learned about rabbits, the more intrigued I became. His personality, agility and binkies captivated me. Our cat, for whom seeing another cat is upsetting, binkied with the bunny, tried to bully him and he bulldozed her. A truce was quickly reached. He is smart, clean (I was ecstatic when I realised he was litter trained) and stubborn as hell.
He gained a name. Captain Zero, soon becoming 'the Captain'. Realising his hutch was woefully inadequate he moved into a rabbit palace. When we bought our house early in 2012 I took him to a local rescue place and he chose a friend. His friend had a sister and I'm a soft touch and the everlovin' was probably pleased that there was not more than three rabbit when he got home. The girls - Dodo and Curie - were 6 months old, had been kept in a tiny hutch and fed only carrots. Their antics entrance me, infuriate and frustrate me. They are badly behaved, outgoing, and adorable and I had no idea how much that that fateful day in November would enrich my life.