A Rabbit's Life

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium


A short story written from the pov of a wild rabbit.


A Rabbit’s Life

You’d think it would be kind of idyllic, a stress-free life. Nothing to do but bounce around in the fields, chewing on grass and chomping up daisies. (But never buttercups – they are actually really poisonous).

Up with the sun, a long siesta when it is at its peak and is just too darn hot. We’ve got our nice shady burrows to cope with those times. Then, when it starts to cool again we’ll be out in the fields again, romping, munching chasing.

And there really is all that, but to think our lives are stress-free would be far from the truth. Always watchful, ever alert. So many threats from so many directions can snuff out our life in a heartbeat.

Dogs! Generally they make a lot of noise when they give chase, mostly they are too large to follow us into the burrows that twist and turn. However, when they come out accompanied by their two-legged humans, they become increasingly dangerous, especially if the human carries a fire-stick!

Then we have the traps. Some are lethal, will kill in an instant, but others wound and maim. A wounded rabbit will not last long. There are birds of prey, those oh-so-patient and stealthy cats, and of course, the very humans who placed the traps in the first place. I guess we are lucky, for most of them are simply too lazy to do a good job of hiding them well.

There are the other field dwellers too, the ones that have developed a taste for blood. Foxes, stoats, weasels, and we even have mink to contend with. They all seem to look at us and think of a tasty snack.

It is only through constant vigilance that we have been able to survive as a species. Our eyes are scanning, our noses sniffing, and we pick up vibrations from the ground. In fact we use that sense of feeling as a way of communication. If danger is spotted, we’ll thump one of our back legs on the ground, set off a chain of warnings.

We have survived, and sometimes we have done too good a job of it for some people’s liking. There was a plague of sorts, that they set upon us, trying to wipe us out. It failed but called untold amounts of death and suffering. We don’t like to talk about it, even now; myxomatosis is a word that sends a chill running through the mind and body of any rabbit.

When you pass a field and see rabbits out grazing in the grass and you think it looks so peaceful, perhaps you should take a moment to realize that the serene image is nothing more than a myth.


Submitted: September 07, 2018

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Jeff Bezaire

A well written story! I do like rabbits and I live in an area that is full of them. When I take my dog for a walk at night, we come across at least five just in our neighbourhood alone. We pass through a catwalk on our nightly outings and there's always at least one rabbit there, usually three. Some of them let us get close before they zip off and others are gone before I even realized they were there; I have to be careful if my dog spots them before I do since they excite him. But they are jittery little things. It's too bad. We have several that like to graze in our yard throughout the day. When my dog goes outside, he usually runs into the backyard, hoping to spot a bunny before it slips through the fence. One time, I went out and tried tossing one a carrot, but I guess the carrot landed too close and it took off.
I'd love a rabbit as a pet, but at the same time, training a rabbit not to run off would be tough and keeping it in a small cage is no life for a rabbit to live. They're so cute, though! And the speed at which they move! I always hear their joints pop when they take off.
Anyways, this is a good informative piece, Hully! I wish all creatures were smart enough to avoid traps. They don't deserve that kind of treatment, nor to be poisoned.

Fri, September 7th, 2018 6:17pm

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I had an aunt who kept her rabbit in the house, it went wherever it liked -- treated just like a cat or a dog. Where we used to live there was a field at the top of a lane that was always full of rabbits. I've never come across anywhere quite like that before.
Thanks for giving this a read.

Fri, September 7th, 2018 11:23am

Mike S.

Danger! Our neighbor's have a bunch of raccoons in their yard, and I'm worried about their cat, Kahlua--excellent, Hull!

Fri, September 7th, 2018 6:18pm

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It's a tough world all right, Mike. I can still remember when I found the mink with the cats.
Thanks so much for giving this a read.

Fri, September 7th, 2018 11:25am

Sue Harris

I liked this a lot, Hully, and not just because I love rabbits, but because it's so informative. I'm sure if children had to research a wild life project, as well as being informative it is actually really interesting and entertaining. You know what, I think you should write a series of these for educational purposes! Great job!

Fri, September 7th, 2018 8:33pm

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I'd never considered that, Sue. I guess it could be a possibility. Thanks for reading.

Fri, September 7th, 2018 1:38pm

moa rider

You know me and rabbits Mama Hullabaloo, you forgot to mention they spend half their time copulating! But you are right, they are resilient. A new strain of virus was released to control them and already they are resistant. Anyway, well told. Usianguke

Fri, September 7th, 2018 9:19pm

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I was around when they released it in the UK before, putting some of the deformed and half rotted creatures out of their misery. But I respect your views as a forestry expert, and I certainly don't believe you would be for the rabbit plague. That's me though, so long as it doesn't come to cruelty I'm okay with accepting differences.
Thanks, Moa. You knew our opposite opinions yet you still gave it a read. That means a lot.

Fri, September 7th, 2018 2:42pm

Vance Currie

Rabbits are cute but they are a plague that some idiot introduced to this country for sport long ago. And they multiply like - well - rabbits. They do an enormous amount of damage. If there were a humane way of keeping the population down, I would be all for it.

Fri, September 7th, 2018 10:11pm

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Perhaps capturing some and performing simple and inexpensive operations just like with cats and dogs. I never intended this to be at all controversial -- I was just trying to look at things from the eyes of a rabbit.

Sat, September 8th, 2018 1:54am

LE. Berry

I love this tale hullabaloo22. Thinking as something not human always strikes me...

Fri, September 7th, 2018 11:29pm

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Thanks, LE. It's something that I like to do from time to time.

Sat, September 8th, 2018 1:55am

jaylisbeth

This is wonderful, Hully. How clever that you used the rabbit's POV. Well done.

Tue, September 11th, 2018 1:26pm

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Thanks for giving it a read, jaylisbeth.

Tue, September 11th, 2018 9:26am

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