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LIVING IN AEGINA

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LIVING                                                                            AUGUST 2010

THE RABBIT.

Our oldest son arrived home recently clutching a most beautiful dwarf rabbit;  snow white coat with a stripe of spice running along its spine and the most endearing eyes. It hopped out in front of him when he was making his way home on his scooter and hoping to prevent it from being killed by a vehicle, he scooped it up and tentatively continued his journey home, steering with one hand.

Not being a natural lover of animals, I tend to avoid them as I have enough creatures to care for; so when my family began cooing over our new visitor, I refrained from joining in except to shout that rabbits also need specific care and since our children had already proved their inability to effectively care for animals, (one dead dog, 2 dead goldfish and a lost tortoise) the rabbit would be better off with someone who desperately wanted one.

Much protesting ensued and within minutes, our daughter had drawn up rudimentary plans for a hutch which she and child number two proceeded to make..messily. Our newly tiled and tilled garden was immediately littered with plastic, blue paint, hammer, nails, and wire mesh.

I screamed at them to clear up and get rid of the rabbit. I loathe plastic and so do rabbits.

We returned home later in the day to find the rabbit hopping around happily in the children’s’ sitting room, a trail of neat, glossy, perfect balls of faeces dotted throughout the floor. I screamed bullets of instructions, to clean up the poo, respect their home and get rid of the rabbit!

The next day, I returned home to an even worse situation.  I had the misfortune to sit on the sofa in the children’s room and sunk into a pool of soft sticky fluid. Being medically trained, I instantly recognized a stain of bile to mean vomit ….of a rabbit’s nature, since the black pearls of poo were again evident beneath the piano. This time, my fury resounded throughout the house and the children knew this meant serious anger.

The rabbit was seriously banished to the garden from which it discovered the neighboring field, a rabbit’s dream…lots of shade and plenty of unclaimed hay. Being a creature of some intelligence, it soon discovered the plot of land behind our house which I will remind you, contains too many cockerels and far too many smelly hens, along with a constant water supply and an endless supply of food.

The rabbit has obviously found its niche and is now thriving. Only the other day, I spied it hopping freely among the birds, a bit dirty but hugely obese. Glad that it no longer resides with us, I just hope that during the economic crisis, nobody looks at it with other ideas in mind but I am hoping that its colour and general innocence will protect it from either animal or human predation. Meanwhile, if anyone wants a rabbit…….


Alison Lorentzos                                                               copyright 2010



 

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