We have had bunnies on and off throughout the years. I thought they were rather “easy” pets. Give them food, water, shelter…an occasional hug–easy pets for the children. We experienced the miracle of birth with multiple litters of eraser-like blobs that did develop into the most precious little balls of fur. Our pet rabbits also taught the children about the call of the wild. Pity the poor man of the house who protects his family from the horrid scene of finding the pet lop-eared eviscerated by a wild fox. That was a hard one to explain to two city kids!
It was a natural choice to consider another bunny to charm Sophia and Karina. I think I can also admit that it wasn’t entirely for them. I really do enjoy having pets around the house, and a bunny fits our lifestyle. I thought.
I brought Pinky home before we made outdoor arrangements for her hutch. She is small enough to yet be in a cage–flashbacks of the fox incident means she stays indoors at least during the night–and then during the day whenever we’re home we have a makeshift animal pen constructed from baby play area enclosures.
Do you see what this one little bunny eats? I am amazed…and also really uncomfortable with the knowledge that all previous family bunnies must have been starved! Pinky is demanding! Her little cage sits in a corner of the kitchen from early evening until sometime in the morning, and each and every time the refrigerator opens her Pavlovian reactions cause quite a stir. She demands attention. Come to think of it, maybe I’m the one conditioned to respond!
All I know is that all previous bunnies seemed to be fine with typical alfalfa pellets and some lettuce and occasional carrots. I’ll continue to tell myself that they weren’t hungry and neglected, but based upon Pinky’s voracious appetite, I think I may be wrong.
And Pinky isn’t the only one! Darwin is also quite the produce consumer! And despite being provided broccoli, chard, and a variety of other greens, he is now exploring new dietary vistas.
I found Darwin munching happily on one of my Aloe Vera plants! Darwin is a Sulcata–an African Spurred Tortoise. Aloe Vera is a succulent that is believed to have come originally from Northern Africa. So wasn’t he clever to locate the one plant in our yard that may be part of his genetic memory! Aloe Vera juice is marketed as a dietary supplement and has long been associated with herbal medicine. So apparently even Darwin needs more variety than we were providing.
I had to go shopping! Off to a few of my favorite produce markets…not for us. But for our animals!
I found large bunches of organic dandelion greens for less than a dollar. Pinky was thrilled!