Robbie saw the hole and thought he would investigate, only he seemed very interested in the hole. He began to dig in earnest. It did not occur to me that there was any reason for him to be digging, only that another dog started and he was going to continue. But I was wrong.
Robbie dug out a rabbit den and one of the baby rabbits. He mouthed it but did not hurt it. It was wet with saliva and covered with dirt and was hopping away. The llama ,Karin , was curious as usual and was careful, but a sheep almost stepped on the little bunny. I picked it up and it screamed . I would too, out of the burrow for the first time ever with no mother around for instructions or safety, hopping over to where huge creatures were and then a predator picking it up (in its mind). Now wonder it screamed.
I tried to put it back in the burrow but I think Robbie caved most of it in. Mamma rabbit will fix that , however the little bunny may not live. I had absolutely no idea there were 2 burrows in the old manure pile. 2! I felt so awful that Robbie disrupted the rabbit nest. That little one that escaped will have little chance of survival. It was too young for me to take away from its mother and too small to survive on its own. The ravens or the dogs would take care of it, though the dogs have not hurt any of the rabbits that live in the yard. This weekend they will be caught, but what do I do about the two rabbit dens and these mothers who obviously have baby bunnies? I have to try to catch them all somehow or soon the Fat Ewe Farm will be the Over Run with Rabbits Farm. I do not want to even think about my garden!
I scolded Robbie for digging up the rabbit den. I was watching him and even intrigued, unknowing he was digging something alive out. Poor Mamma Bunny. Poor Baby Bunny. I will try to catch the mother rabbits once the babies are out if the ravens don't get them first.
The cycle of life goes on whether we know it or not or are aware of it or not. Robbie was doing what dogs do. He felt bad when he was scolded and he left with me. Tomorrow I will go and see what the mamma rabbit did to repair the burrow and the entrance. The dirti is very soft there (3 year old manure, well composted, actually). Good luck Mamma Bunny, Sorry.