Caturday in the Year of the Rabbit

Finally we had a few good, rainy days! On Thursday and Friday it was pouring down. Our animals are not used to this. They have roofed shelters, but I wasn’t sure they would know to use them. The birds are so used to sleeping up in the trees that I was worried they wouldn’t go into the shelters if their life depended on it. Sure enough, in the morning I found a soaking wet flock of chickens, guineas and peafowl.

Fortunately, it didn’t seem to bother them much. They went about their usual business, pecking and scratching, giving themselves a good shake now and then to get rid of the water. Also, they seem to like dustbathing in damp spots.

“This is a good dustbathing spot.”

The cats were not having such a good day. Their usual sunny sleeping spots were all wet and useless. Tseli slept in the straw and got burrs all tangled up in her fur. They are being really fussy about walking on the wet ground.

The Year of the Rabbit continues. Today, we welcomed Zrizi (Speedy), the rabbit of friends who couldn’t keep him anymore. Fortunately, Zrizi is neutered, so we managed to integrate him into the males’ cage, Blackie and the little rescued white. I was worried Blackie would fight with him, but Blackie seems to think Zrizi is a female and doesn’t stop trying to mate with him. It gets embarrassing.

Walter: “Oh my word! Looks like I interrupted something!”

Or maybe he’s just gay, of course. But we can disprove that theory. Blackie is the only unneutered adult male around here at the moment, and this happened last week:

Yes, it’s a rabbit nest full of baby bunnies. There are two of them. Sigh. They did it again! Blackie was in a locked cage, but we sometimes let him out to run, and it looks like he managed to infiltrate Misty and Ginger’s cage. It keeps happening!! We get them all neutered, then someone brings a new male and the whole process starts again! Blackie will have to stay inside his cage full time now until we neuter him, too. Darn him. This is what the bunnies look like now:

Beautiful and cute, of course! They are thriving. Kids are in raptures over them. Of course. Kind of nice to have black babies. We never had black bunnies before until Blackie found his way to us.

Also, it was Louise’s first time out of her cage. She was so excited! She’s the most photogenic bunny.

So that was our eventful weekend! Hope you’re having a good one, too! 💚


About tarnegolita

Dutch expatriate, mother of 3 boys, freelance translator and pet zoo keeper in a kibbutz in Israel.
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9 Responses to Caturday in the Year of the Rabbit

  1. The Shepherd says:

    Too bad we couldn’t import some of our rain for you! It has rained almost everyday here for two months!

    Super cute rabbits. I’m happily living vicariously through you on those! What gorgeous babies!

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    • tarnegolita says:

      Oh we would have been happy with some of that rain!! I’m sure you could have done with some of our sun! 😉 Yes rabbit babies are the cutest thing ever, although we should not be having so many! Rabbits have their own mind on this! 😀


  2. Vicki says:

    I’m really happy that you got some rain.. those baby bunnies are just adorable! I enjoyed your post.

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    But oh dear…love will find a way I suppose! Hopefully the rain will have damped the fires down as well x

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  4. Looks like interesting times! 🙂

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  5. aheikkinen says:

    Yay for the rainy days. Awww, more cute baby bunnies. Walter really is handsome. I guess the cats are, by now, back in their sunny sleeping spots 🙂


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