Their long eared, twitchy nosed, brown gray furred cuteness gently hoping along bothering no one.
That is until you plant a vegetable garden.
Then you look at them the way an anxious father looks at the boy his daughter starts dating---with a mixture of dread, fear and loathing.
I knew that the local flora and fauna thrive in our little urban-suburban paradise.
I also knew that rabbits had become a scourge of Grant Park gardens in recent years.
They cutely nibble away at the very expensive plants that both the Chicago Park District and the City put down to make our urban experience just a little bit brighter.
While this city has many issues, it’s apparently rabbit nirvana.
So much so, that the rabbit population has exploded in my neighborhood in the past few years.
I can see why they like the ‘hood; fresh water lagoons, tons of green space in two parks bridged by Midway Plaisance, few coyotes to hunt them and three urban gardens to nibble---that’s not a bad gig.
The average person takes this with a grain of salt. The average gardener would like to see Mopsy, Flopsy and Cottontail banished to an island never to return.
So it was with little surprise that I saw a young rabbit looking my way when I was walking home from the train one day.
While I hate those little buggers he was really cute with the previously mentioned twitchy nose and round furry body.
He was so young that he didn’t know that he should fear me and let me inch closer and closer.
And so this little dance continued between us over the next few weeks.
In fact I was able to get close enough to snap pictures.
But then it occurred to me that’s how they suck you in---they get you to like them, then you have a hard time putting them in a pie when they eat your collard greens.
Elmer Fudd is my new hero. I wish I had a spear and magic helmet.