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An Escape [Jun. 6th, 2014|12:18 pm]
Tony Grist
My fault.

I left the rabbits unattended for an hour or two and Tolkien graduated to the big wide world by way of of a tunnel he'd dug under the gate.

Unless he returns of his own choice it's very unlikely I'll see him again. The grass is waist high in the fields and he could be within five feet of me and I'd not see him. By now he's almost certainly met his wild cousins- who have many burrows in the area he escaped into. He might even be underground.

How long does it take a rabbit to dig a rabbit hole? I found a new one within a stone's throw of the rabbit shed- out in the open among the roots of a tree.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2014-06-06 11:23 am (UTC)
His Tookish side clearly got the better of him.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-06 11:33 am (UTC)
Yes.

I'm actually rather proud of him. He's had two years in captivity- which is longer than most rabbits manage in the wild. If he now wants a taste of freedom, well, good on him. I hope he enjoys it.
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From: artkouros
2014-06-06 02:47 pm (UTC)
When I used to kidnap and keep box turtles I noticed that they would spent all day every day walking around the perimeter of their pen testing the walls for any weakness so they could escape - they're quite good diggers and climbers.

But then winter came and they dug holes and hibernated. When they woke up in the spring they had forgotten that they had been kidnapped and spent each day lounging in the sun and eating the fresh tomatoes and watermelon I fed them.

I wonder if rabbits do a similar thing?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-06 02:56 pm (UTC)
The rabbits are continually on the look-out for a way out. When we first put them in the pen they found the weak points straight away.

But, once out, Tolkien stayed in the general vicinity and when I finally found him didn't object to being picked up and returned "home".
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