Last week was very sad.
When you go out in the morning, you never know what you are going to find. Sadly, these few bits of white fur are all that is left of Holly rabbit and her six babies – just one week old. Something had got into her pen overnight and taken all Holly’s babies AND Holly rabbit! I am guessing it was a polecat as it had ripped a hole in the wire at the bottom of the pen. It might have been a fox but a fox would easily have jumped into the pen, not made a hole in the wire. We also heard an owl in the night which is quite unusual as we live so near a main road. Whatever, Holly has gone and so have her tiny babies.
Happily Eny rabbit and her kits are all OK – Eny is a more aggressive and protective rabbit – she gets really cross if the cats go anywhere near her and she runs at them. So Eny has to be shut in her hutch at night now which she doesn’t like at all – and tries to hide under the hutch – I keep telling her that won’t protect her and her babies from whatever got Holly but she’s not impressed.
It was so sad, Holly was my favourite rabbit and loved being cuddled. But there’s always something to cheer you up. Wandering around the field looking for clues as to what happened I came across these poppies growing in the ashes of last year’s bonfire night.