My husband spotted the yard rabbit lounging for the longest time in the back yard today, just enjoying some warmth and got photos on his phone. Inside the fence, he's safe from larger predators (there's a large forest preserve nearby with coyotes) and the grass is lush and tasty.He can hear the back door (and we make lots of noise to give him a warning) so he has plenty of time to get through the fence if Abby comes out. (You can see him at the 1 o'clock position in the photo just outside the fence). He used to run far away, now he just hops out past the fence line, only moving if Abby approaches directly. If I come out alone he doesn't move as in the winter when it was brutal cold, I left alfalfa pellets and water for him. I'm pretty sure it's "he" as there's been no baby rabbits, just him for two years out living under the Evergreen bush that sits up against our back porch.
Today, Abby spotted him and slowly crept up on him, like a leopard.
If I go REALLY slowly he won't hop away.
He was just here!
Which way did he go?
He was laying here earlier - I can smell him.
Awwww - that's the spot!
Roll, roll, roll.
Nothing like getting some fresh hare smell in your furs.