WARNING: HAWKS WILL KILL PET BUNNIES OUTSIDE!
On these pretty warm days, many people like to let their rabbits play outside. The rabbits love it, but if you are not within a couple feet of your rabbit, a hawk can get them before you can even holler. A few minutes ago I was sitting on my back porch, and literally in 3 seconds a hawk body-slammed a blackbird, knocked it out of the air onto the ground, dove down and grabbed it and flew off. It was over before I could blink, 20 feet from my chair. There was no way I could have responded if it had been after a rabbit. It was lightning fast!! Even if you could yell and the hawk would drop the rabbit, your rabbit would be dead. They start with their talons and pierce all the way through. You may think your rabbit is too big for a hawk. A hawk will still kill it and eat it on the ground. We know these things from devastated owners sharing their experiences.
A few weeks ago we learned that a beloved rabbit who was adopted from us was killed by a hawk. He was out to play, and there was cover in the yard, but those hawks fly so fast, you don’t even know they’re coming. They can spot a mouse from 1/2 mile away and fly at 35-40 miles an hour. Your rabbit won’t have a chance. And remember, a rabbit will often freeze instead of run.
So, Please Please!! Do not take your rabbit outside unless you are within 3 feet, or you have a covered area, like a patio with a roof. They are not safe even in a small yard, or on a back porch. Hawks can drop straight down, so even a play pen is not safe unless you are standing next to it.
Enjoy the warm sunshine, but protect your rabbits!
Ronda, GA HRS Co-CM