Doug was outside mowing the lawn yesterday when he came across these little guys! That's right, there's a baby bunny nest in our back yard! There were 4 little guys snuggled together. At first we were unsure what to do, but after a few phone calls & an internet search, we were told the best thing to do was to leave them alone since they looked health. Their mom would be back that evening to take care of them. They're probably old enough now to be out on their own, and later that day they had all left the nest.
Later Doug saw a 5th one hopping around, so we left some of our grass long because we didn't want to hurt any bunnies.
Today I went out to check the nest and they were all gone, even though I think they still sleep there at night (for now.) I did catch this little guy hopping around...
All these cute bunnies made me want a pet, and while we're not ready for a dog or a cat, we thought we'd try a hamster on for size. So now I introduce our latest family member...
Our hamster is actually a Black Russian Dwarf Hamster. He's littlier than normal hamsters, but he's a spry, social kind of guy. But be warned, he likes to bite! He's niped both Doug and I several times, but he seems to be calming down and getting use to his new home.
I've named him Yuri (it sounds Russian to me!) but Doug calls him Mr. Nibbles since he likes to bite so much. This picture really doesn't do him justice, but he's a very pretty guy.
Sariah thinks he's pretty cool. We're very careful when she's around to make sure both Sariah and Yuri stay safe. Normally we'll keep him in his ball when Sariah's downstairs, but Doug (who's had hamsters before) is pretty confident with him and let Sariah pet his back. Sariah thought this was the best thing ever! She loves to look at him and then she laughs and giggles so loud.
So this is the first pet I've had in a long while, probably since my cat, Buster, ran away. (The fish I killed don't count;I'm a fish killer.) I'm really excited. And yes, he's my pet, not Sariah's, because I have to do all the dirty work, so I get to call him mine. :)