Last week one of our bunnies gave birth to four babies. One was dead in the morning, still so warm I wanted to shake it awake. I laid him into our compost pile with a now familiar blessing:

I return you to the earth,
and I will see you again.

The three rabbits that survived the first night are now recognizable as rabbits:

[baby bunny]

Market weight for a rabbit is 4.5 to 5 lbs. This takes 8 to 11 weeks, meaning this little guy will be suitable for slaughter in September or October. I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say about that between now and then.

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