Bun buns

All winter the rabbits have been the wrong colour (white), practically glowing against the brown background that the mostly snowless “winter” has been.  Now they’ve gone brown again, we get a persistent snow blanket, in March.  I hear it is bad for their health, to be the wrong colour.  I thought for foxes, but the real threat is owls.

What we don’t know, is if they have the self-awareness to know they are the right or wrong colour for their background, or if they think they’re all camo’d, when they actually look like glow in the dark ghost rabbits.  Can’t see me.  I’m white.Also, we finally busted a rabbit eating the bird seed.  Never seen them do it before.  They’ll come strolling through the seed zone, and then chew on a branch or twig.  But this one is definitely eating sunflower seeds. This is the one with a notched ear.  It had some run in, but survived.

Looks tame, that close, but it’s not.  It benefits from proximity to us that its predators won’t risk.

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  1. It would definitely make them more vulnerable to attack by being the wrong color. It’s an interesting question if they know that they change colors or not and if they know they are the wrong color to be camouflaged or not. It would be hard to set up an experiment to tell, wouldn’t it?

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