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Response to Mojorabbit (Reply #22)
Wed Oct 3, 2012, 07:33 AM
HopeHoops (47,675 posts)
32. Curiously, although devoid of natural instincts, he was extremely smart.
He studied things like the hinges on his cage, comparing them to those on the bathroom door. We have a very large master bathroom so that's where his cage was. When someone bathed, he groomed himself. If you sat on the toilet, he sat on his potty. He even figured out how to open his cage at one point and just sat there waiting for someone to find him so he could gloat.
Perhaps the weirdest thing was when we found piss all over the wall. We cleaned it up and put up contact paper so it would be easier to clean. One morning I was taking the morning drain when I heard him shuffle. I looked over. Looked back at the toilet. Looked at the rabbit again and thought, "no way". I started sitting down to pee in that bathroom and the piss on the wall magically stopped. He was simply imitating me.
We recently had a nest in the front yard (common thing around here). My wife noticed it after mowing over it (also common) and as usual, all of the tiny kits were fine. We also have a lot of neighbors with outdoor cats and such nests often meet their demise before the kits are mature. As usual, we checked on them every few days. The last time we did, three shot out in different directions. One of my daughters grabbed the one heading for the driveway while my wife got the one that headed for the road. My middle daughter grabbed the one that ran under a bush and it SCREAMED! Out of nowhere, both parents showed up and watched while we returned them to the nest. They still needed a couple of days of nursing, and as best I could tell they all matured normally (distinctive white stripe on their heads like their mother). After that, the mother showed no fear of us within as little as a foot. She clearly knew we weren't going to hurt the kits. She's also the only one we don't have the dogs chase out of the garden (just chase, they wouldn't hurt one).
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