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Down the Rabbit Hole

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
by Thi Le | Student Director of Horticulture and Community

Close your eyes. Feel the warm sun rays smooth across your face and pull your lips into a smile. Summer is coming, and with it the unveiling of curious blossoms and adventurous leaves as they expose their sweet aromas and playful colors to your anticipating wonder. What secrets will the garden share with us? What beauties will it reveal? Come, explore a Moment in Thyme garden and see what’s down the rabbit hole.

Nestled snuggly in the overgrown grass of our earthen benches were a litter of baby bunnies, eyes closed and as cute as, well, baby bunnies (see photograph for proof). Based on their size it’s likely their mother created the den a few weeks ago, and fortunately, it was only slightly disturbed during my bench grass-shearing extravaganza. I experienced a kaleidoscope of emotions - first, the fear that I had accidentally sheared more than just grass, but after checking the rabbit hole I was relieved to find the bunnies intact. Cue the overwhelming sense of awe and fascination. Although saturated with warmth and protectiveness, I understood the reality of our relationship. In most instances, in fact, almost all, rabbits elicit a hurried response in gardeners when spotted near planting beds and other rabbit buffets. Still, I wanted to shelter these unsuspecting foragers until they had a chance to marvel at the beautiful environment in which they were born in.

A week after first discovery marked tremendous growth and the “eyes open” stage of baby bunny development. Bittersweetly, it also marked the day we would transfer the bunnies to a wild animal care center until they would be old enough to release back into the wild. While I don’t encourage disrupting a wild animal nest or den, it’s important to note that instances like this - where those animals can disrupt the ecological balance and/or are exposed to greater dangers - do occur. Our actions should reflect the best interest of all parties.


Thanks to LouisLV for the great photo!

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Tags: UW Students, Green Initiatives

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