Saturday, 13 August 2016

Rabbit!

Living in Australia and having a bit of a fondness for Rabbits is not always easy.  The rabbit is a plague species almost beyond measure here, up there (if not beyond) foxes and cats as despoilers of all things native and Australian.

So, it was nice to see some on more native soil when I was in Scotland - I say 'more native' as its probably that rabbits were introduced to the British Isles some time after the Romans.  No remains of rabbits have been found in Iron Age, Roman or even Anglo-Saxon sites.  The Romans kept domesticated rabbits  - presumably for pies!-  and there is (apparently) no mention of Rabbits in the Doomsday Book.  But one thing is for sure, once they escaped into the  wider countryside they did what rabbits are famous for and are now both common and an import food source for genuinely native predators.

These picture were taken on Orkney.





SM.

12 comments:

Felicia said...

cute little fellows.

Linda W. said...

Awww... such cute little bunnies!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

ahhhh those Romans

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a cute bunny. Great shots. Happy weekend to you!

Lea said...

Cute bunny photos!
I remember when I was a child, people went rabbit hunting in the Winter and ate what they killed. Occasionally the grocery stores here now have rabbit meat for sale - domesticated rabbits raised in cages specifically for their meat. But I haven't eaten rabbit since I was a child.
Have a great week-end!

Fun60 said...

They are very cute. I've never eaten rabbit as far as I know.

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Nice to see a rabbit in the wild!
Have a Happy Weekend, Stewart!
Peace :)

Margaret Adamson said...

Cute little fellows. Have a wonderful week ahead.

TexWisGirl said...

they're adorable.

Missy George said...

Pests in my garden for sure but I love my Bunnies..Great shots Stewart..

TheChieftess said...

Bunny Rabbits are so cute you just can't get all that mad at them when they eat your garden!!! Or not!!!

diane b said...

Cute bunnies but they are an awful pest.