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Our Little Prince Typhoon Phooey is also a master rabbit hunter, and the bouncing bunny bandits certainly had his attention yesterday.
Typhoon is a master rabbit hunter. He can outrun them on a straight stretch. And, if they decide to zig and zag to avoid his jaws of doom, he can out-twist and turn them. His speed and quickness is legendary.
Knowing his proclivity for rabbit hunting, Hu-Dad takes extreme measures to protect the rabbits. Before Typhoon is released into the yard, Hu-Dad scans every corner to make sure the little furry creatures have vacated. At night, a giant, ultra-bright flashlight turns the grass into day scanning for sleeping hares. Because of these precautions, Typhoon’s rabbit hunting has been quite limited this spring.
Until one wandered into the yard yesterday. While Typhoon and the others were napping in the sunshine, a rabbit slinked through the gates and into the target zone. Typhoon woke, thought it was the best dream ever. He raced. He twisted. He turned. And bunny heaven scored a new entrant. Much to his displeasure, Hu-Dad took the poor carcass and disposed of it properly outside the walls of Sibe Quentin. But our Little Prince, with blood smeared on his jowls, pranced around the yard for the remainder of the day.
P.S. – We wish we could claim no rabbits were harmed in the making of this post, but . . .
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I have a hunter too. Mostly chipmunks. Thankfully like chipmunks, bunnies are not an endangered species. Yet.
Fortunately, Juno’s hunting proclivity has waned with age. Hawks have taken a couple from my yard/garden. (I always consider tularemia within the rabbit population.) It’s been more of an issue in certain areas of the Colo foothills where coyotes were removed and rabbits multiplied.
Mine love to run. But then, there is that all out ZOOM when a target has been acquired. You’ve shown some videos of the little prince bounding but if perchance you have the camera running when launching speed has been reached ….. You can always edit the “stop” at the end. We all know that any hollered requests of “No” will be ignored. It’s hard to describe the jaw dropping speed that Siberians can reach if motivated. Has to be seen to be believed. 🙂
I have a rabbit hunter too. She can out run and out maneuver them too.
Ah yes, in her younger days, Sitka caught one in my backyard. I was unable to get it away from her and she ate the whole thing!
We hope our girls will catch the bunnies so they stop eating our garden . Gets expensive replacing plants each year.
Yes every morning we have to scan the yard for possums and critters before letting Izzy the Akita out… she’s a good hunter!
Our boy Bradley is also an EXCELLENT bunny hunter and has sent way too many to Bunny Heaven too. It seems sad that these cute creatures don’t seem to be too intelligent-they almost TRY and be caught. BUT our dogs are hunters and we have to live with that.