April 23, 2024

European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

No doubt the imminent arrival of our second son, hopefully over the next few days, has softened my outlook on this species. Yes they’re non-native, indeed a highly invasive species and as such extremely problematic to our ecosystem, but for the past couple of weeks this little rabbit and its siblings have been a great source of amusement.

Each morning they’re up bright and early, well, before us anyway, and mostly engaged in one of a number of different variations on the general theme of dashing from one part of the front garden to another, whilst showing a naive disregard for any kind of safety protocol.

Earlier in the week Joe and I managed to creep to within three feet of one of them as it blissfully nibbled the lawn. Bearing in mind the average silent sneaking skills of a toddler, you’ll see why I question these young rabbits absolute dedication to their own health and safety.

The fact that there were six playmates a fortnight ago and only three now, would appear to bear out my concerns.


  1. We’ve had 3 batches of the very same little critters. Batch #1 we believe was Polecat fodder, batch #2 then gave birth to batch #3 as they can produce babies when they are but babies themselves … apparently! Hours of entertainment watching the dear little buggers, especially if you happen to be Whitby!

  2. I thought I’d commented already here! Rabbits are very cute but not too bright, there’s a wonderful Scots word that sums them up ‘dippit’ which means a bit daft. I hope at least some of these youngsters survive to adulthood