"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Meet Suri!

Doesn't she kinda look like her namesake? It's the eyes...Since Peter, our other bunny, thinks he's a goat and is completely free-range, we thought we could use an indoor bunny to help get us through the winter. Simone is completely, upside-down, back and forth, over-the-moon excited about this new velvety fur ball.Caden is smitten as well and is not so good at taking turns to hold her. He doesn't even want anyone else to pet her when he's got her. Charming little squirt.

Luckily Gabriel is patient enough with both of them. Though that speaks more to his lesser degree of interest in mammals than his sibling tolerance level.
Now for the facts: Suri is an eight week old, "broken blue", mini rex rabbit. That means she is deliriously soft (therapeutically so!), has spots, will grow to a maximum of 4 1/2 pounds and is pretty darn cute too. We got her from a breeder in Milford.Got the bunny bug yet?

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