Of all the fiendish tricks I’ve ever played on a rabbit, this one would take first prize. Gideon was the sort of bunny who couldn’t resist snooping around where he wasn’t supposed to be. One day, I foiled his exploratory expedition to my kitchen table. From When a Man Loves a Rabbit, here’s how it happened.
Nothing seemed to stand in Gideon’s way, and even though I was in the habit of pushing my kitchen chair in, he still found a way to get onto the table. My recycling bin, which was next to it, was full of junk mail and I had put off emptying it. My clever lad figured out that he could hop onto the pile of paper and then onto the tabletop. Once, I caught him in the act of hoovering it.
After that, I emptied the bin and set it in its customary place.
One day, I rushed over when I heard a loud thud. Gideon, suspecting nothing, had leapt up and found only air. I arrived just in time to see him staring up at me from the bottom of the bin.
“Why me?” his pitiful eyes asked.
He jumped back out and never tried that again.
That taught me that bunnies can learn if something is to their advantage. It was a useful thing to know?especially when preventing opportunities for mischief.
When a Man Loves a Rabbit is packed with humorous vignettes like this one. Please check it out on my Bruce Atchison’s books link. It’s at the top left hand corner.