After relocating the wild male rabbit, I decided to allow our pet female rabbits to go back in the yard once again. I leave the door to my screened-in porch open, and my three long-eared appreciators of comfort generally hang out there, stretched out on the furniture.
But a few days ago, our little bunny, Foo Foo (who was apparently tired of scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head), decided to wiggle under the fence and explore the front yard. I chased her back and covered her hole, but she either found or made another and was soon dining again on the clover that I pretend to have deliberately cultivated to cover my lawn.
Since there are no dogs that run loose in our neighborhood and little traffic, I left her alone, figuring a little rabbit wouldn't be capable of causing a ruckus.
It was after dark when I heard a shriek coming from in front of our house. I hurried outside to find a frightened woman pressed close to her husband. They'd been out on a walk when "a living shadow" shot right between them.
I was pretty sure it was Foo. She seems aware her solid black fur serves as an invisibility cloak at night, and I suspect she enjoys the element of surprise. I could've explained this to the people. Probably should have. But most of my neighbors already think I'm weird and these folks are new, and the whole idea of them believing they'd seen a living shadow was too fun to undo.
Instead, I sat on my porch for a bit and watched. Wasn't long before another lady came by walking two dogs. Darned if that rabbit didn't shoot out from behind a car, straight at them, then up the hill and under a bush. The dogs were so stunned they didn't seem to know what to think, and then when they got a whiff, they about yanked the poor woman's arm off.
I tried to lure Foo home, but she was apparently having too much fun. Right about the time I gave up and headed back inside, I heard an alarmed voice say, "What the hell?"
She's back on the porch now, but for how long I can't say. She's hare today, but likely gone tomorrow.
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