Sunday, May 31, 2009

Like Whales' Tails

This bunny has been happily grazing both on our lawn and on the wide and wild variety of plants/weeds which edge said lawn. Late afternoon into eventide seems to be his/her favorite time of day to dine around here. The reason I know it’s the same bunny is because he/she has let me get close enough to take some pretty clear photographs. When I took a closer look at the pictures, I noticed the right ear. Sure enough, just the way cetologists identify whales by the unique markings on their tails, this rabbit has a very distinctive double notch pattern on its right ear.

I don’t know if this bunny is a native New England Cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) or an Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus). I’d be delighted to learn it was a New England because unfortunately they are classified as “vulnerable”. But either way, it is cute as a bunny!

As always, feel free to click on the image to get a better look.


dancingmorganmouse said...

bunnies - squeeeeeeee

Sue said...

Oh, how cute!! Jake is obsessed with the bunnies they have at school at the moment, he'll be tickled with these pictures next time he stops by the office. Hope it's the New England kind, that would make it doubly special

Lailaa said...

Too Cute!!! I haven't seen a real life bunny for yonks... The gardens in our apartment complex and surrounding are filled with squirrels which are also quite adorable. Hugs, xx

Pink Granite said...

Hi All -
I'm so glad the photos of the bunny made you smile just as much as they made me!
- Lee