|The Back Yard Zoo by Jim Dunlap|
OK! I think I have seen it all now. The day started out as usual here at the center.
I removed two baby chimney swifts, one injured pigeon, and a duckling from the "Critter Drop
Box" by the front door. That usually starts our day of taking in animals in trouble. It is
followed by a steady stream of people dropping off wildlife throughout the day.
Enter, a young lady from Carrolton. She was carrying a shopping bag and grinning like
a possum. The story was not unusual. She found a baby cottontail rabbit in her front yard.
After being sure that the mother had found business elsewhere she took the baby in for
safekeeping. That was three weeks ago. She had consulted the rehabilitation experts and had
done all the right things. The youngster was alive and healthy.
After explaining her
techniques, food, nest material, and all the stuff in the bag, Tammy, our office-manager
extraordinare, asked the obvious question, "Where's the rabbit?"
"I'll get it," was the reply. The lady reached into her blouse, under her bra, and
retrieved a fist-size, obviously content, cottontail rabbit! This bunny had been bust buddies
for three weeks! The rabbit traveled to work, then spent weekends and evenings at home all in
the supportive confines of Maiden Form. Talk about your busom buddies. Cross-Your-Heart and
hope you don't get scratched. Could this be Victoria's Secret? Last I checked, carrots are not
Fruit-of-the-Loom. The Bali bunny.
I had far too many questions on my mind, so
I just thanked her and said goodbye without asking.
The lady fed the bunny with one of those doll baby bottles. I didn't want you should
Jim Dunlap, firstname.lastname@example.org
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