This is Grommet, one of our Astrex mini Rex:

Grommet, our Astrex mini Rex baby buck.

Grommet, our Astrex mini Rex baby buck.

And this morning when I went outside to take care of the rabbits I saw a black and white blur that scared the *ahem* out of me.


Grommet was loose.


It’s unclear how Grommet got out of his cage but my gut instinct points to our number 2 child who is just tall enough to unlatch the cage… and not quite tall enough to be certain it’s securely locked again. But regardless of who was to blame, there was no doubt we had a problem and that problem was small, speedy, and nimble.


Our rabbitry is set up outside in hutches that look like lean-to’s. There are three sides that go down to the ground. We’re also fortunate to have several pine trees the hutches nestle against. We keep our carrying cages in the rabbitry area, which is enclosed by chain link fencing that keeps the dogs out and the rabbit fairly undisturbed.


What all this adds up to is a rabbit on the loose with several places to hide.


The girls and I tracked that rabbit across the rabbitry for the better part of an hour, with no luck. We ended up laughing quite a bit because all of us would jump and scream whenever the rabbit made a break for it.


It was a mighty battle, ended when the poor, tiny rabbit high centered itself on one of the concrete blocks supporting the hutches. Quick like a bunny (ha!) i was able to snatch it up, brush it off, and return it to its mother, no worse for the wear.


Lesson learned from this whole debacle? DON’T LET THEM OUT! And, if you do… drink about six Mountain Dews so you can speed your reflexes up. You’ll still be too slow for the loose rabbit, but sometimes the secret’s in the surprise!


Wishing you the best in all your rabbit-catching endeavors…


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6 thoughts on “Escapee!

  1. Mike Oscar Hotel May 29, 2013 at 7:26 pm Reply

    I employ a fishing net! I find them at the dump. Just have to check for holes in the netting.


    • madhatrabbits May 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm Reply

      That a brilliant idea! I was not prepared. I had a piece of rebar and my own hands. Sheesh!


  2. Stephanie S May 29, 2013 at 8:39 pm Reply

    And that is why I invested in padlocks!! Twice I found my bunny cage open and once with him hopping on the ground!! Thank You Master Locks for protecting my rabbits from curious little neighbor kids!!! 😉


    • madhatrabbits May 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm Reply

      I would go crazy if it were the neighbor kids! At least my kids have a right to be there… 🙂

      I have heard of people using zip ties successfully, too.


  3. Mario May 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm Reply

    I Have Astrex Lop.


    • madhatrabbits May 31, 2013 at 3:43 pm Reply

      That’s really cool! You need to join the Facebook group and post pictures!


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