Thought for the day……

Happy Friday, September 14th, 2012.

I was just thinking that perhaps I should be calling this “Thoughts for the day” as I usually have one than one to write.

What do you think?

I am so grateful to all of those people who recently signed up to read my blog on a daily basis, thank you, thank you.

I am also grateful to all my faithful followers who have been reading my words for awhile …. thank you, thank you.

I was going to save this story for a book but I have decided to share a shorter version because I cannot get this small little creature out of my mind.

I see him/her wherever I go and whatever I am doing …..

Two nights ago when Alvin and I were returning from our walk …. I took note to myself …. to move the black hose (it drains the overflow of water from the house in event of flooding) and pick up the sprinkler that had blown to the ground.

I had noticed them in disarray earlier when we had started our walk and for some reason, I was drawn to go over there.

I walked on the patio blocks that line the centre behind me and one of my neighbours until I reached the sprinkler.

I picked it up and happen to glance down into the window well.

First glance, I saw a piece of paper and something else.

I cleared my eyes as it was already starting to get dark …

Nestled in the rocks that line the window well was this brownish white bit of fur …. what was it?

OMG, it was the little baby bunny …. jack rabbit baby that had made it’s home under the front of my neighbour’s house …

My neighbour had found it there when she was cutting the lawn last weekend …

My heart leaped and fell all in one blow.

I wondered how it got it there.

Quickly I ran over to Sonja’s (my neighbour) with Alvin in tow madly waving my arm as I passed by her living room window …

She came running out “What’s wrong” …. I quickly told her of the baby bunny.  By the way, we figure he is no more than two weeks old.

I ran home to put Alvin in the house because I thought he might scare the little fellow with his excitement.

Then we met at the window well…… we were not quite sure what to do other than we knew that he had to come out of there.

I was praying that he did not have any broken bones and that he or she had not been down there for a long time.

Sonja quickly ran back and got her phone and called the Wildlife Fund but no answer so she called the Emergency Vet Clinic.

While she was gone I knelt down and spoke softly to the little one … hoping it would help calm him down for when I had to pick it up.

No one could help.  They told her just to take it out of there and put it into a grassy spot.

Well we knew that much but unfortunately baby bunnies are not high on the list to be rescued.

Sonja with a cat and me with a dog and it being a jack rabbit ….. we figured not good to take it into the house.

Our hearts were crying for this little creature.

So with Sonja’s help I climbed down into the window well and with “mini gloves” covering my hands so that he would not feel my skin directly (did not wish to scare him anymore or have strong scent of human on him), I gently picked it up, and carried over to

Sonja’s house.  I was amazed that it did not try harder to get away but then again it was a baby and God only knows how long it was down there.  We placed it down by the hole it had under her house.  It stayed for a moment, and then disappeared into the bushes.  We got it some water and lettuce.  When I was placing the little dish of water down the bunny came within about six inches of me.  I was totally shocked by this.

So to shorten this story ….. we watched the bunny for a few minutes.  He disappeared and we could not see him in the bushes, I looked between our houses to find him standing on the rocks.  So I kind of shooed him out of there because we did not want him back in the window well.

After that, that tiny bundle of fur that I comfortably held in my hands (so small) bounced, hopped across the lawn in seconds and onto the sidewalk.

Our hearts fell ….. we were like new parents when the little one is beginning to walk.

He ran onto the street and under another neighbour’s car …. Sonja went over and he came out right away and then HOPPED ACROSS THE STREET.

Sonja went onto the street just in case a car came to ensure his safety at least thus far.

He hopped down the street between the sidewalk and the cars that lined the street so at least not in the middle of the street to the north of us.

We strained our eyes in the near darkness to see him but he was gone.

As vehicles came down that street we took deep breathes hoping that the little one had enough instinct to stay where he was ….

OMG, I love that little guy or girl.  That cuteness.  So amazing.

I have never held a baby bunny in my hands …. definitely not a wild one.

So after almost one thousand words later …. that is my short story……

Me and Sonja watch everyday for our baby bunny,  and check the window wells.

Before he was in the window well on Wednesday,  it had been since Sunday that she had seen the baby bunny.

Sonja had done some checking on the internet and found out that jack rabbits are born with their eyes open and with fur unlike other rabbits.

The mothers usually leave the babies on their own at about one or two weeks old.

I cannot imagine …

Well I had better go …. if you ever have an opportunity to help an animal or another human being, I hope that you will.

Your heart will soar, and you will feel amazing for helping ….. just a few minutes can do so much.

Special Hello to: my friend and neighbour Sonja who rocks with her humanity and kind spirit.  We should all learn from her.

Always, Carol and Alvin (Alvin sure was wondering what his Momma and Sonja (whom he loves) were doing outside that night.

P.S. sure wishes that I would have had my camera ….

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