Our bunny of less than a year, Waldorf, was last seen at 3 am last Sunday. After several short- lived attempts to join the feral rabbits over the road he succeeded in leaving his genetic legacy there about 2 weeks ago (we saw him in congress with the little brown one). Then, presumably on a return visit, he must have succumbed to a dog or fox or even an owl. There is not hide nor hare (sorry) of him to be found...
Here is his farewell song (to the tune of '*Raggle Taggle Gypsies' - with apologies to 'Trad' - oh, and he had an Irish accent)
Three bunnies stood at our front gate. They jumped so high, they jumped so low
Waldorf sat in his hutch quite late. His heart it melted away like snow
They smelt so sweet, they bounced so cute that fast his tail began to twitch
As he lay on his lucerne bed, he started to feel a ceaseless itch.
He slipped the latch of his high class hutch all made of treated wood-o
He hopped to the street all stealthy like & went out in the weather & the mud-o
Avert yer eyes, leave open the gate, to roister and frolic is my intent
I’ll ne’r return to my hoi class hutch – till I secure moi heart’s content..
So oi’m off with the raggle taggle bunnies-o! (so I am)
He hopped high and he hopped low, he scampered the length of
Until he came to a neighbour’s lawn and there spied a-laydee bunny-o
She nuzzled his head, she looked in his eye, and this is what she said-o:
"What makes you leave your hutch and lucerne & your golden bunny muesli-o?
What makes you leave your human slaves to join us raggle taggle bunnies-o?"
"What care I for my hutch and lucerne? What care I for my humans-o?
What care I for my buckwheat treats? I'm off with the raggle taggle bunnies-o! (So I am)"
"Last night you slept on a fluffy towel, with a layer of lucerne spread o’er – o
Tonight you sleep in a grotty ditch along with some raggle taggle bunnies-o!"
"What care I for a fluffy towel, with a layer of lucerne spread o’er-o?
When I can sleep with a laydee bunny - the best of those raggle taggle bunnies-o!"
Farewell, Waldorf - I would never have thought a bunny could be so delightful, mischievous, clever, infuriating and loveable!
* Click here for The Chieftains version.