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Wild Bunnies

Cotton-tailed Rabbits have been making their homes in my yards and in the immediate neighborhood.  I think that there are about five bunnies here now and maybe an equal number around the neighbors’ homes.  The Cotton-tailed Rabbits eat plants and fruit.  They live underground in burrows.  They are mostly out in the cool of twilight.  The Cotton-tailed Rabbit has a fluffy stub tail that is white in color which is how it got its name.  The bunnies tend to freeze in place when they spot me so it is pretty easy to take pictures of them.  I often purposely turn my back so that they can hop away quickly while I am not looking.  The bunnies have been in the garden but did little damage (it was the deer that ate all the Sunflowers down to the stems).  I took these pictures at various times on June 25, 2012 and again on June 26, 2012 in my yards and from the street in front of my place here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Cottontail Rabbits in June

First I saw one Rabbit on a nearby lawn.  Now I am seeing several Cottontail Rabbits in the neighborhood, including one next door.  They are cute but I wonder if I will be seeing a lot more or just the so far small group.  I have photographed two different Rabbits in the past couple of days and am posting the pictures here.  They eat grass, tender green leaves and small fruits.  They chew on sticks and other wood to keep their big teeth filed down.  The Rabbits often stay in shady areas because they are quite sensitive to heat.  It has been quite hot here this week with temperatures in the upper 80’s to 90 degrees F.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Cottontail Cutie

Last night at dusk, my neighbor pointed out that there was a Cottontail bunny on a lawn across the way.  I walked quite close to that rabbit but it did not seem afraid of people at all!  It happily munched on the grassy lawn and sweet clover.  It is only the second time I have seen a rabbit in the nine months I have lived here.  The Cottontail Rabbits eat grasses and the  tender leaves of many plants.   They live in underground burrows usually but will often rest in bushes or tall grass.

The Cottontail got its name from that fluffy white stub of a tail that these rabbits have.  This young bunny has huge eyes, doesn’t it? Rabbits are quite sensitive to being overheated so they enjoy cool shade during the hot muggy days.  Their very long ears help to serve as cooling for the bunny  as well.  The rabbits feed early in the morning and at around dusk when it is cooler.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photograph.  Enjoy!



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