Murphy Dome Diaries

A journalist observes life in the far north.

Rabbits

Sitting on the polished, oval-shaped piece of stone outside the gate to my garden today were two little brown turds about the size of one-year-old Lucky’s poop.

The rabbits in these parts have been breeding like … well … rabbits. Two or three of them can be found drooling at my fence-enclosed garden every morning.

Their hearing is very good. The noise of me cranking open the window to harass them is enough to frighten them away.

I read that pet rabbits need a quiet environment in order to thrive. I wonder if it’s due to their shyness or their exceptional hearing.

Without the wiry fence that Alec erected, I know the rabbits would have shredded my garden, home to cabbage, potatoes, lettuce, squash, sweet peas and strawberries.

One morning I came outside. A cabbage plant precariously close to the fence was party eaten. The rabbit must have eaten it through the gaps in the wires.

On our hikes, Lucky gets excited when catching glimpses of the bunnies, or their butts as they high-tail it away from us.

A neighbor said the rabbit population ebbs and flows. Some years, the rabbits invade.

I remember not long after moving to Alaska seeing hundreds of rabbits at once crossing a highway.

I was on the Richardson Highway headed to Valdez in the back seat of an SUV. I woke up, looked at the road and thought it was moving. It was a rabbit stampede.

Regretfully, I haven’t seen anything like that in my neighborhood.

Just two little brown pellet-sized poops.

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One comment on “Rabbits

  1. anonymous
    June 17, 2009

    Ummm…Amanda – I don’t mean to be nit picky or a know-it-all, but they’re snowshoe hares, not rabbits.

    From Wikipedia:
    “Differences from rabbits

    Main article: Rabbit
    Hares do not bear their young below ground in a burrow as do other leporids, rather in a shallow depression or flattened nest of grass called a form. Hares are adapted to the lack of physical protection, relative to that afforded by a burrow, by being born fully furred and with eyes open. They are hence able to fend for themselves soon after birth; they are precocial. By contrast, the related rabbits and cottontail rabbits are altricial, having young that are born blind and hairless.
    All rabbits (except the cottontail rabbits) live underground in burrows or warrens, while hares (and cottontail rabbits) live in simple nests above the ground, and usually do not live in groups. Hares are generally larger than rabbits, with longer ears, and have black markings on their fur. Hares have not been domesticated, while rabbits are often kept as house pets. There is a domestic pet known as the “Belgian Hare” but this is a rabbit that has been selectively bred to resemble a hare.[1]
    The hare’s diet is very similar to the rabbit’s. They are also both part of the Lagomorph order.”

    Just thought you should (and might like) to know.

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