|This is Grumbellina, but not the photo used on the sign.|
Grumbellina's picture attracted the attention of one lady who came over and looked at the jewelry. This lady eventually started telling me very enthusiastically about her house rabbit. This is where Hurricane Irene (2011) comes in.
Hurricane Irene did lots of damage along the east coast of the United States in 2011. It was compared to potentially having the devastation of the Hurricane of '38 (this is before they started naming hurricanes). Well, this lady and her husband, that I met last night, were "battoning down the hatches" in preparation for the hurricane. They prepared a spot in their barn as a safe place to stay to ride out the hurricane because they were afraid that a very huge old tree with very huge and heavy branches was hanging over their house. They figured they would feel safer and more secure in their barn.
While early in the storm, the lady ran into the house to check something, deciding it would be better to be sure if something was in place before the storm began to approach at it's fullest strength. The lady heard a little scratching at her back door and thought that perhaps something had already hit the house, and figured she move it. When she opened the door and looked down, she saw a soaked weary looking fawn colored lop ear rabbit. She immediately opened the outer door and picked him up and wrapped him in a towel. She knew a little about rabbits because she had one as a girl.
The lady grabbed some more towels and decided to run back to the barn before the storm started to get worse as she heard the wind and rain getting louder against her house. When safely back in the barn she sat near a little heater with the rabbit and tried to dry off the limp little guy. She actually had a cage, bowl and water bottle in the barn she used to nurse a baby squirrel many years before. She cleaned the cage the best she could under the circumstances and put the little boy bunny in it. They gave the bunny some hay they had and some water. Although not enthusiastically, he nibbled and drank a little water. The lady and her husband didn't quite know what to do with the bunny.
After the storm passed, their house had no major damage. They went in but left the bunny in the cage in the barn. They put signs up in front of their house and in the community hoping to find his owners. After research on rabbit care and taking care of him for a few weeks, the couple became very fond of him and decided to keep him. He stayed in the barn a little longer while the weather become colder.
They brought him in the house, did more research, rabbit-proofed the house, put out litter boxes, "fenced off" areas that were his to play in and built him a NIC bunny condo. The husband named him Rabbit (affectionately called "Rabbi T".). He started eating well and became very active.
The bunny loves to play with toys-tubes filled with hay are his favorite. Rabbit loves to do "nose bonks", do Bunny 500s, binkies and sometimes challenges the wife (the more dominant of the human couple to Rabbit). He gets 5 hours of play and runaround time and sounds like one very happy rabbit.
The glow of enthusiasm the husband (who eventually joined us in conversation) and wife had while talking just warmed my heart, thoughts and dreams that night and today. I exchanged e-mail addresses so we can talk bunnies and share photos of our fur kids.
The lady feels that Bunny was probably dumped right before the hurricane, which disgusted us both. But the joy the couple emanated showed that they were very glad that Hurricane Irene blew the little bunny their way. I hope that I get to meet Rabbit some time. If that bunny didn't make it to that back porch and the lady go to her house and open the back door, then he most likely wouldn't have survived the storm. That bunny had bunny angels watching out for him and that couple!
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