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Date Posted: 09:14:19 08/20/06 Sun
Author: S. K. Dixon (who's back in FL and missing NC)
Subject: Re: eastern cottontail companions
In reply to: Beverly 's message, "Ahab, my eastern cottontail companion, has been with me ...." on 07:39:07 08/20/06 Sun

Every morning and evening we enjoyed watching the bunnies run up and down the lane eating blackberries and clover blooms and other treats we and nature left for them! There were a LOT of them, too--typical bunny behavior, I guess!!! LOL! And the chipmunks, squirrels, and birds all shared space and food with them. If we sat on the back patio, we also saw the wild turkeys, deer, raccoons----AND there was a bear living in one of the rock caves up the mountain who came down low enough with her baby that we got a glimpse. Talk about excited! We had been told she was there, so of course, we stayed away from her area when hiking. We had hummingbirds all day long and into dusk fighting over the nectar feeders on the front porch--I put up 2; sometimes there would be 4 feeding at the same time. I never realized that they could be so aggressive with each other about feeding, but all of our guests enjoyed watching the "War of the Hummers" everyday. But the highlight of the summer was the northern flying squirrel that I saw only once, and that was in the mid-part of May. I did have a feeder that was totally chewed up by flyers, but I was not able to see which did it. It was hanging in a maple tree but far enough away from the house that at night it was not visible.

>(Ahab, my eastern cotontail companion, has been with
>me ...) since the Spring of 1998. He's now aiming for
>his ninth year - quite remarkable for a rabbit. He is
>starting to show his age, but still hops around the
>house. I was a bit panic stricken, when I had to move
>him from LI to the Elk River Ranch and Raccoon Refuge,
>for he'd never, ever been confined. I was afraid that
>being caged for the drive from LI to Elkton would
>cause him to have a panic attack, himself, and that it
>would kill him. I was wrong. He did just fine, and
>settled in here with no trouble, at all.
>Here's a picture of Ahab (taken back on LI):
>href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"> >src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v121/Beverly4Hea
>ther/72669409sZpIJT_ph.jpg" border="0"
>alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting">
>Ahab enjoying a strawberry, while sitting on my lap

>>Bev ... how did you acquire an eastern cottontail
>>???? Is it your intention to release him someday or
>>is he too depended on you...?

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