We Love Bunnies!
by Princess Indigo
In the desperate search for something cheerful to write about in the midst of troubling current affairs I have settled on bunnies! You could be forgiven for thinking this is an Easter related post but surprisingly you would be wrong. The truth is my girlfriend and I, are both totally obsessed with the long eared, fluffy adorable little creatures. Rabbit shaped Easter eggs are just a happy bonus!
When I first met her, my girlfriend’s rabbit obsession was immediately apparent as she was wearing a pair of bunny ears on her head. As a result I have called her Bunny ever since and her passion for wearing them has not diminished. It always feels very special to say it and has repeatedly strengthened the affection and not to mention the sexual attraction between us no end.
My girlfriend is also Italian and the bunny ears are well suited to her intensely passionate and loving nature. My terribly repressed little English self was well and truly bowled over by the eloquent expression of her desire and love. When said in Italian wearing bunny ears, it is music to my little English heart.
As a result of all this romance passion and rabbit ears, we are repeatedly sending each other cute pictures of bunnies! We have both grown incredibly besotted with the long eared little creatures and are continually scouring the internet for pictures and videos to make each other go ‘Awwwww’.
Their little twitching noses, long expressive ears, big cartoony eyes and idiosyncratic ways are impossible not to love. Without doing anything whatsoever bunnies are just remorselessly cute. Then there’s the heart melting way their heads move when they are investigating things, even better when they stand on their hind legs and peer around. Not to mention how their tongue whizzes all over the place as they enthusiastically munch down their food.
Because of their short front legs and long back legs, bunnies have to melodramatically flop over with their whole body weight when they want to lie down. Watching gifs and video clips of this, part of me is going ‘Oh my god that’s so cute’, the other half of me is going ‘Oh my god is it dead!?’ This strange emotional tension for some reason makes them miles more adorable.
After watching lots of informative YouTube videos I learnt that bunnies hop when they are happy and this is known as binking. There is often an eccentric diagonal direction to some of the more adventurous jumps, which can be quite dramatic indeed!
The most astonishing and somewhat alarming example of this, is a gif Bunny sent me of a rabbit in a cage with is stood on a table. The cage lid is open and in one swift motion the rabbit jumps onto the roof of the cage and then leaps high into the air. So high that it makes you go ‘OMG’ out loud. I think it must have landed with a quite bump!
I live somewhere that is semi rural in places and there is a train line running past a sports field on which I travel regularly. Almost every time I whizz past on the train there is a solitary bunny sat at the far end of the field and it always give me a little sentimental rush of joy whenever I see it.
On a recent trip out to the country, I saw that for much of the line wild bunnies had colonized the railway embankment for miles and miles. For large parts of my journey I witnessed the endearing sight of dozens of bunnies dashing for cover as the train flew by.
On the same day out I also observed geese and wild bunnies together on several occasions which I had not seen before. The saddest part of my journey was seeing several dead bunnies squashed flat on a country road.
The highlight of the whole trip was seeing half a dozen wild bunnies sat together in a field, a very rare sight to my suburban eyes indeed. It also confirmed an earlier conclusion that wild bunnies will occupy the corner of fields that is farthest from human habitation and who can blame them.
The whole day out had me day dreaming about my own sweet Bunny and only heightened my rabbit obsession. It also made me recall when I lived in the city, there was a large roundabout in the centre of a very busy intersection, that had been colonized by urban bunnies. They had obviously been sneaking around the city when there was no traffic, in a very intrepid manner indeed!
In search of fresh treats to send to send Bunny, I discovered a wonderful twitter account @bunnyarchive which is a must for rabbit fans. The astonishingly cute pictures of bunnies nestled in the palm of their owners hands being my favourite. Bunnies dashing around in rapid circles are another sure fire hit for the two of us, especially a gif of one bunny dashing along a sofa to be close to another.
On YouTube I discovered several bloggers who have made careers out of being bunny owners and regularly filming their bunnies. All of these channels make it clear that owning a bunny takes a certain amount of dedication and that looking after one should be taken seriously. I for one am glad that modern bunnies are no longer confined to hutches and are allowed to roam free. Lennon The Bunny, featuring an adorable black and white rabbit is the best of these channels and has over 200,000 subscribers.
The introductory video ’10 signs your Bunny loves you’ conveys exactly what you’re in for, if you subscribe. The human host Lorelei has certainly found her calling and is well suited to being on YouTube. There are cute bunny videos aplenty, tips on keeping bunnies and also vlogs about the ups and down of being a bunny owner. If bunnies are your thing, it’s definitely worth a look.
My favourite bunny related marvel of all time, and subject of an amazing gif my girlfriend sent to me, is Okunshimo or Rabbit Island in Japan. Site of a former Mustard Gas facility, since its closure the island has become overrun by hundreds of bunnies and their numbers continue to grow and grow. There are no predators on the island, because of this the bunnies have lost their usual timid nature, and run eagerly in huge numbers towards any visitors hoping to get fed. I must confess the sight of hundreds of bunnies swarming en masse and doing super cute bunny stuff is the most adorable thing I have ever seen!!!
Continually swapping cute bunny pictures and gifs with my girlfriend is one of the high points of my entire day. During the course of this blossoming bunny obsession, we both discovered that we had soft toy bunnies as children and that is clearly the root of our shared fascination with them. After many happy months with Bunny, her influence has clearly rubbed off on me, and I’ve started wearing rabbit ears of my own! In a world beset by so many troubles, I make no apologies at all for our massive mutual obsession with these cute adorable little animals.
We Love Bunnies!!!!!