The bunnies are growing by literal leaps and bounds. They nibble happily on anything we give them and hippety-hop with content. We can see them from our living room window and we'll just stand there and watch our own little zoo-exhibit with pride. They sniff and meander, and at times, they will get startled and zip about in such a fashion that we can't help but giggle ourselves silly.
The children are learning about how to best care for them and it seems like we are constantly on the internet trying to figure out what would be safe for them to have as a snack. They love our weeds to the point that I almost don't mind pulling them now. Who would have ever thought I'd look at a healthy weed and think, "Oh, good! Won't the bunnies be thrilled!"
Turns out, they also like cherry tree leaves. Our neighbor has a wily cherry tree that he is happy to let us prune and snip upon. Yesterday, Pops clipped a rather large branch to toss in, as they can gobble like Egyptian locust. As he approached their coop, they came scampering up to the door in eager anticipation. Instead, however, of walking in and placing the branch down, Pops gave it a good toss over the fence. Well, mercy! Apparently, the bunnies scattered in fright and were none too pleased about Pops' method. Butter came out from hiding, gave Pops a good stare down and gave his back leg a defiant thump, thump upon the ground. Pops was duly chastened.
Now, ideally, I like to function as Miss Prepared. But frankly, that can be a lot of work. In regards to these bunnies, we've been flying by the seat of our pants and loving every bit of it.
We researched some basics about shelter and food, but we've mostly just dove into the experience and are learning as we go. Maybe it's like having kids ... you know the general idea of the responsibility but if you knew all the ins and outs ... you might be too scared to ever start!
I've never felt like a natural around animals, but now I'm pulling on my wellies to tromp out into the coop just to give my furry friends a visit. Because, sigh, aren't they just the sweetest things ever?