The Rest Of The Bunny Story

As an unadulterated example of neighborly cooperation, the bunny story ranks up there.  A few days ago, the wires (and wireless) heated up over bunny sightings in Montclair.

Saving Multiple Bunnies

Yet Merriewood residents were getting a little confused, as they tried to solve the growing mystery.  At first there was one bunny, and then another.  One wrangler tried to straighten out all the cross-communications:

  • Some of you (email addresses hidden) HAVE a lost bunny.
  • Some of you have recently SEEN a lost bunny.
  • Some of you are just INTERESTED in lost bunnies?!

Montclarions jumped on the bandwagon because it was a quiet year-end.  Everyone was at home, and seemingly online too.  Two neighbors stepped up to the challenge, capturing and holding both bunnies safely.  We wondered about returning these bunnies to their rightful owner.

The Rest Of The Story

As Paul Harvey (R.I.P.) used to say:  and now, the rest of the story.

Montclarion Paula Moseley was the erstwhile bunny owner, having taken in several bunnies only a week earlier.  She shared her simple story of compassion:

I have only had the bunnies since December 22, when I was at the Oakland Animal Shelter and was waiting with a young woman who was going to turn in the bunnies.  She had already checked with San Leandro Shelter and they couldn’t take them.   She was concerned that Oakland would not take them either.  She had only gotten them that day when she met a man who found them in a box in the woods.  The young woman is a college student and had no place to keep them.

I said that I would take them since I have a large yard with a dog run.  Unfortunately the dwarf bunnies were small enough to hop through the wires, before I could reinforce it with chicken wire.  But they seemed to enjoy being in the yard and might keep to that area.  Not so.

They have explored the whole neighborhood munching all the way.  I have recovered the two younger bunnies but the larger one may still be at large.  I attempted to catch her on New Year’s Eve; I could be a foot from her but if I tried to restrain her, she hopped away.

At this point, there’s both good and bad news to report.  One bunny’s still at large.  One bunny’s been adopted.  And there are two more ready for homes.  Please reach Paula ( if you would like a bunny or find one running around your yard!

We mostly appreciated the whole show of compassion, with so many people helping these bunnies.  It’s a parable about how to treat fellow humans, not really a story about bunnies at all.

Have You Lost A Pet Bunny?

On a kinder and gentler note for year-end, some Montclarions began spotting a domesticated bunny around the Merriewood area yesterday.

The bunny rabbit was friendly and well-acculturated to humans.  One neighbor even had sufficient time to take a picture this afternoon – and you can see the cutie comes from central casting.

So we believe that someone nearby has lost their bunny!  At this point, there’s been a missive placed on Craigslist, but some additional bull-horning might help the cause:

This little guy showed up in our front yard about a half hour ago.  The bunny is very friendly and calm, and ate a carrot and had some water.  If it’s yours, or if you know who it belongs to, please let us know. We live in the Merriewood area of Montclair.


We hope this bunny finds its way back home, for the New Year.

January 3rd Update:  The bunny alert has worked!  Two friendly bunnies were found and taken into foster care, on Merriewood and Nottingham.  The owner of the bunnies was identified, and lives on Valley View.  We believe that foster parents are connecting with said owner this afternoon.  All is well in the world.