23 February 2009

The Rabbitat – Phase 2

Sorry for my absence from blogger world... after Monday and Tuesday with the National Council it became "The Week of the Rabbit"

On Wednesday at 4 PM Christine received an email that the rabbits would be arriving on a flight from South Africa at 9 PM... its weird to think that our rabbits have seen more of the world than the people who will be eating them... but there was no time to ponder these deep thoughts... we had to prepare for the arrival of our furry friends...

At 9 PM Christine and I wandered back into the restricted cargo area of the Entebbe Airport... I'm sure we were supposed to have some kind of pass but I've learned that looking confident about where you are going is the most effective pass in this country...

The third person we spoke with agreed to release the rabbits that night... after I reminded her that going 24 hours without food is harmful to 5 pound babies AND 5 pound rabbits...

After an hour of being eaten by mosquitos... stay tuned for a possible malaria report... they bought the 10 rabbits out on a forklift and we loaded the rabbits and their cages into the van...

By 11 PM we were home and Christine welcomed them to Uganda by sticking a needle in their behinds filled with a vitamin injection to help them recover from their journey...

Thursday I worked a half day but was summoned home to help with the cage assembly... by 7 PM the first row of cages was hung and the rabbits were welcomed into their new home for a feast of jackfruit tree leaves and banana leaves...



Friday evening I planned to finish the second row of cages but as things go in Africa... plans were unexpectedly changed...

Saturday morning disaster struck... and for the first time I discovered a place in my heart for rabbits...

We took the boys swimming since their school holiday of Thursday and Friday had been over taken by the rabbits... but when we returned home we found the guard dogs had broken into the cages... killed 3 rabbits and had wounded the rest...

Things got worse when Christine reported that a male was dead and we would be left with only 1 male... for our "non-rabbit-breading" readers... this means that after the first round of breeding we would be stuck with a bunch of redneck rabbits who are all married to their sisters and producing retarded off-spring...

Saturday was the closest I've come to killing a dog with my hands since the tragic death of my dog Spike when I was 5...

But Sunday brought new hope... as we were hanging the second row of cages Christine inspected the wounds on the remaining 7... upon inspecting their under-bellies she noticed that the males had been marked incorrectly and that both males were still alive...



I've never been more happy... about rabbits that is... although the night watchman is on standing orders "motivate the dogs to stay away from the cages"... at least that is what I am officially calling it...

Stay tuned for more adventures of rabbit raising in Uganda...

4 comments:

Lena said...

man...pigs, chickens, hens, dogs, turkeys, rats, occasional monkeys....you guys are officially farmers :)

Jen said...

Jeff, Spike's death wasn't entirely your fault... he was pretty old when your hammer met his little head.

marcie said...

That rabbitat is awesome!

Karielle Saario said...

Yeah! I'm so glad you still have two males!