I’m sitting at the computer now having got the kids to school only just in time. I’m eating banana bread and drinking a vat of tea from my mug that says “You can’t scare me I’m a mother” on the front. I thought it might give me some oomph but so far not so much.
Yesterday we were a bit foolish and left the girls together in the pen most of the day. I have just re-read this and realise you may think I mean Tilly and Phoebe. I mean the rabbits. Perhaps my attentions have more than a little unbalanced this last week.
Anyway the girls (rabbits) had been grooming each other and sitting together – all seemed positive and very sweet. So we took our eye off the rabbit ball, so to speak. This it turns out was a rather big mistake.
It ended in a quick angry, fluff on the lawn sort of battle that I could have avoided if I’d separated them quicker. Needless to say whilst I had read for the need of a water spray bottle and a towel to throw over them (just think Rocky) I had neither of these to hand and clearly they don’t respond well to stern instructions. In the end I pushed them away from each other, in slight fear for my fingers, and put one on the lawn. Which was another error as we then spent the next ten minutes trying to herd her away from the bike hut and the plants she’s not supposed to eat.
We eventually caught her and put both away, but not before noticing two minor cuts over a rabbit eye each. Plus the whole thing seemed to start Betsy going back to attacking her own stitches at night.
It puts sisterly bickering over swings into quite some perspective. Although we might try a jet of water at T and P when they start screaming next time.
Anyway at 3am I woke up having had a nightmare about starting work (oh excellent) and then panicking about how Betsy was. There was no chance I could go back to sleep without checking so for the next hour Paul and I took turns to go downstairs. We looked at her, moved basil so the web cam might work (it didn’t), wrapped and re-wrapped her in bandages and custom designed t-shirts which she promptly got stuck in and then took off, and generally fretted about the insanity of it all. I honestly think human babies are less stressful.
By morning she was naked again (seems like an odd term for a rabbit but hey ho) and the wound was bleeding slightly. So more wrapping and constant checking on her all day again. Joy. My sense of humour is waning more than a little.
To make matters worse, as they reach sexual maturity the fighting is likely to get even more dramatic leading to the need for spaying them both at quite some cost and most post operative angst. Times two.
I honestly thought getting them from babies would be better – but it really is a challenge. It’s so difficult I feel like I should be raising money for charity – it’s like my own personal three peaks or half marathon. Anyone want to sponsor me?