🐇Hello. I am a little brown rabbit and I was told that I have cute fluffy cheeks. I used to live in the human’s backyard. I wasn’t born there, but I lived there most of my life. Of course, I didn’t have too much place to run and jump, and sometimes my owner could forget to feed me or could neglect my existence, but there was enough room and reasons to feel happy. I really liked my home, my little hole and that green grass around. I felt secure.
But one day everything changed. I heard some other people saying that I am caged, that it is a terrible thing to do and that I should be set free. I heard them saying that my owner is selfish and he doesn’t love me. Then they left and I was sitting there, in the middle of the backyard, feeling so scared, as never before. Something was happening, I could feel it and this something was dreadful. My owner was showing up less and less, regardless of any tricks that I prepared for him to show. I never felt so sad before, because I felt that I am losing my friend and I couldn’t do anything about it, because I was just a little rabbit in the backyard… and then that day came… My owner stepped outside and came next to me. He petted me, as he used to and even placed me on his laps. I felt joy, but then I saw tears in his eyes. That was not normal. Why would he be sad? I am here, I am not going anywhere, I love him regardless of those other people. I tried to tell him that with my eyes and I think he understood. He just shook his head and said: “I am sorry”. Than he put me in a carrier and then in his car. We departed. Probably an hour later car stopped. He took me out and petted again. I saw trees around, but I didn’t see my little home anywhere! While I was looking for my home and sniffing unfamiliar air with my little nose, he walked around the trees, further and further in the forest. Soon after I was “released” … my owner, my only friend, just placed me on the ground and stepped back. He said again that he was sorry, but I couldn’t believe in his words. He walked away so fast, he left me alone in this dark forest! At first, I was frozen, because I was so afraid, I couldn’t believe that it happened, I couldn’t understand why it happened. And then I ran. I ran as fast as I could, but I couldn’t catch up with his car. I injured myself during my case, so I sat there, next to the road, waiting for him to change his mind, to return after me. I licked my injured paw and cried. He won’t come back, I realized…
And now I am here, among big and scary trees, “free” … I am injured, I don’t know what I suppose to do here, I am old and I am afraid that soon I will die. If not disease or starvation, then predator will find me. Does he know about it, does he understand? Or he is lying to himself, hoping that now I am happier? Running free, among other rabbits? I can’t know that, I can’t even let him know how I feel. But little birdy told me, that he has a new rabbit now, a younger little cute thing, and while I am limping during the cold night, another little rabbit is enjoying my used-to-be home and my used-to-be green grass.
Humans should remember: you are responsible for those you tamed.
And little shadow faded in the darkness… 🐇