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Triggering [Jun. 16th, 2014|09:41 am]
Tony Grist
I took the gamble that no predator would come that close to the house in daytime- and left the rabbits unattended- and a fox came by and ate them....

This morning I'm thinking of all the things I ever did wrong in my lifetime. Believe me, it's quite a list.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2014-06-16 08:45 am (UTC)
No! Wretched foxes. Poor you.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 08:50 am (UTC)
Thanks. :(

Can't blame the foxes. It's what they do.

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[User Picture]From: splodgenoodles
2014-06-16 08:53 am (UTC)
Daytime? I would have taken the same gamble - foxes here are night time creatures.

We all have such a list, but it's best put aside.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 09:08 am (UTC)
I don't usually dwell on the past; usually there are defences in place.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2014-06-16 09:11 am (UTC)
Oh, Tolkien! His Shire is scoured.

But you shouldn't blame yourself. You can't be a 24-hour rabbit guardian. You lost a gamble - but everything's a gamble, and you're bound to lose some.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 09:31 am (UTC)
He wanted out into the wider world. He made it....

They were saying on Springwatch that in the wild 95% of rabbits don't even make it to adulthood.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2014-06-16 09:53 am (UTC)
Oh, that is sad. But the only way to have kept them totally safe would have been to keep them indoors all the time and I'm sure they enjoyed having more freedom.

Sadly rabbits are prey animals. As you say, wild ones usually don't make it adulthood, hence why they have to breed so prolifically.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 10:11 am (UTC)
Towards the end they got a taste of the great outdoors. Tolkien revelled in it. Trigger found it a bit frightening- but then he found everything a bit frightening.

Guess he had a point.
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[User Picture]From: glitzfrau
2014-06-16 10:03 am (UTC)
Oh no! I am so sorry. Carnivores are rotten. I know, I have one as a pet. :-(
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 10:13 am (UTC)
Thanks.

I've had cats. I found it hard to deal with all the chewed up little corpses.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2014-06-16 10:12 am (UTC)
OH NO!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 11:40 am (UTC)
:(
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2014-06-16 11:03 am (UTC)
So very sorry.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 11:32 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: ashlyme
2014-06-16 11:13 am (UTC)
I'm sorry. :(
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 11:33 am (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: clindau
2014-06-16 12:05 pm (UTC)
Nature red in tooth and claw, and all that. So sorry.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 12:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2014-06-16 01:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry.

There's always such a delicate balance between protecting and keeping imprisoned... Not sure it's possible to get it right sometimes.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

We've been giving them more and more freedom and...


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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2014-06-16 01:34 pm (UTC)
So sorry.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2014-06-16 01:57 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. I am really sorry this happened but one can't fall into the habit of blaming one's self and hind sight IS 20/20.
Poor bunnies.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 02:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

It was probably a very quick death.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2014-06-16 02:14 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear of the loss of your rabbits!

Hmmmm - a single fox likely wouldn't eat multiple rabbits at once (they tend to grab one and go - carrying two or more is impossible). I'd suspect more than one predator at work if you lost multiple rabbits?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 02:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

I think the fox killed them both, removed one and then came back and took a big bite out of the other. If I hadn't intervened it would probably have come back yet again to remove the remnants.
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2014-06-16 05:02 pm (UTC)
I hadn't read this far yet when I wrote my other post.

I am so very sorry about your rabbits :-( Our "separateness" may be an illusion, but it is a powerful one, and I hate losing my animal companions, too.

We all have a list. Mine includes a few mistakes that were disastrous to my animals, too.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-16 07:44 pm (UTC)
These guys weren't our close "companions". They lived
in their own space. One of them was friendly, the other not friendly at all.

I always feel with the death of an animal that I've somehow let them down.
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From: athenais
2014-06-16 08:03 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, that's a sad ending. I understand that feeling of thinking you've let down your pets when they die.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-06-17 07:55 am (UTC)
It's the sort of ending they'd have had in the wild.

Other rabbits we've had have died of rabbit diseases and at the hands of the vet. They've all left me feeling bad.
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