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Last spring, I was teaching my brother to drive in a local parking lot when he suddenly stopped the car. "What are you doing?" I groused, thinking he'd mistaken the brake for the gas. I didn't believe him when he said he'd seen a bunny rabbit -- a white bunny rabbit! -- but it was true: there were three male rabbits, abandoned together, in the grass on the side of the lot. It took almost two hours to catch them and put them in the car.

The animal shelter was closed, so we took them for the night, building them a makeshift cage out of two terraria and a baby gate. In the morning we found a perfect rabbit-sized hole in the gate. So I built them a better makeshift cage. And then we went ahead and bought some rabbit food, just to keep them for the weekend. And a friend had an old cage anyway, so ...

We named them Winston, Clancy, and Peter Rascal. At first they got along famously, but they started to fight. For a few months Winston bullied Peter so badly that we couldn't let them out together. It was territorial: in the family room, which none of them owned, they would huddle up for protection against the Awful Unknown. This picture was taken during that time, and I've always treasured it as proof that my rabbits could make peace.

After we took them to be neutered, they finally did. They fought it out with room to run and now they're all fast friends. They love to cuddle on one level of their three-floor NIC "condo," run and play in their outside run, and chew on cardboard in the middle of the night. I think this is one abandoned-animal story with a happy ending.

Griff Radulski
Branford, CT

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