One might think eight chicks and six triops are more than enough pets for one family. Add the backyard bunny to the headcount, and we are a family of 19. Why not round up and make it 20?
Meet Harriet. I received an email from my sister-in-law's sister-in-law earlier this month announcing their first batch of baby bunnies, which were quickly followed by another batch of baby bunnies. Turns out the two "girl" bunnies they brought home from their church's petting zoo were not actually two girls. We had entertained the idea of a companion rabbit for Honey Bunny, so the email seemed serendipitous.
Unfortunately, Honey Bunny does not seem to be interested in a companion. A target, perhaps, but not a burrow mate. Poor Harriet. My kids are a little miffed with Honey Bunny and think we should get rid of her and keep Harriet, so our decision to find Harriet a new home will be a lesson in loyalty. Honey Bunny might not be so sweet, but she is ours and we are hers.
Finding Harriet a new home has proved challenging. I put the word out to our Freecycle group, and received several emails warning me to carefully screen interested parties. Apparently rabbits as snake food isn't the only thing I should be worried about. Our local bunny rescue is full, so no luck there. Next up is a call to our local 4-H groups.
I feel bad that we aren't able to provide a home for Harriet, but it turns out that 19 pet projects are indeed enough for one family. Harriet is young and lovable and will make a good pet project for another family. Maybe even your family. Let me know if you're interested. I'm only kind of kidding.