I walked into the barn to check on my baby rabbits born yesterday. I looked in the hutch and everything seemed fine. So, I opened up the burrow and looked at the kits. One by one I took them out, everything looked good. Then I noticed I only had 6 now. Ohhhh no. I searched and searched for Little Runt and he was nowhere to be found. The whole time I searched, my heart was beating profusely just at the thought of what could have happened. It always does. Raising rabbits can be QUITE brutal.
I looked around the hutch just waiting to find a dead baby somewhere. Nothing! Then I looked in the corner in the straw and saw blood. So, no little dead body. Just blood. That's when I realized that only one thing could've happened. Holly had EATEN her kit! That's just terrible! I had high hopes for this little guy but was doubting he would make it. I didn't think the answer would come to me so fast. So, now I have 6 baby rabbits in the nest box.
So, I grieved about that for awhile in the barn, and then I finally came out to help with the animals. Everyone out there was crowded around the duck hutch thingy, with the lid/door open. My first thought was that the male duck in there was dead. Sure enough, my Dad pulled out a half-eaten duck.
So, I should take this day to remember those who died last night in my very own yard. It is terrible to think about, but they are both in Heaven now.
RIP Little Duck and Runty