Talos wouldn't come inside this morning, which is odd, because breakfast is served after the first pee break of the day. I called and called – nothing. I poked my head around the corner and I see Talos rearing up like a horse, then down on the ground in a play bow. This goes on for a couple seconds and I realize he's got some sort of wildlife trapped out there and he's playing with it.
I'm thinking "snake," which just makes my skin crawl, but I throw some shoes on anyway, thinking that I've got to get Talos out of there before the snake latches onto Talos' lip and won't let go. When I get there, I don't see anything. Nothing.
Then I see a big, fat frog in a hole. Except the frog has itty bitty ears. And fur. And is the cutest thing ever. I realize that frogs don't have ears, nor are they cute, and then it dawns on me: this is a baby bunny!
Thank god he's still alive (I don't know how Talos' big paws managed to avoid his little fragile body). I took Talos inside and came back out to figure out what to do with the little one. He's cuter than cute and more than once I thought about just bringing him in and clicker training him.
Knowing the little guy couldn't stay in our backyard, I relocated him to the shed where I figured he'd come from anyway. Then it was back in the house to get ready for the day.
I let the dogs out about an hour later and notice Talos back down by the same spot. When I went to check, there's another bunny, just as little, just as cute. I relocated him under the shed as well. The dogs are still awfully curious at the original bunny-spot so I lean in for a closer look. Oh good lord, there's another bunny. It's an entire nest of bunnies! There were four total.
Mama bunny had dug a grapefruit-sized hole and all four of those little bunnies fit in there as if they were puzzle pieces. I took all the nesting material I could carry, the other two bunnies, and relocated the entire lot under the shed.
Please don't write and tell me I killed all the bunnies by moving them. They would have been inside a dog's stomach if I didn't move them. I'm hopeful they'll survive, as I moved the entire nest with them and it's only about eight feet from their original nesting spot. Apparently Mama bunny will come back a dusk for a feeding – she should be able to catch the scent of their new nest.