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    Every day on our walk we pass some government flats. Banjo's been greeting one of the resident cats there every day for months now. I give him a treat most days and apart from Banjo trying to trick him into leaving his treat so she can steal it, she doesn't show that much interest in him anymore.

    He belongs to a woman who lives in a groundfloor flat with a courtyard close to the footpath. And the other day we discovered a brand new BIG distraction. There are now 2 pet rabbits in the courtyard.

    I find the distraction quite annoying but I also find Banjo's reaction hilarious. I am always trying to imagine what she would say if she were a human. I think in this case it would involve lots of explicit language because "OMG! WTF! Effing BUNNIES!" It's been 3 days now and she still can't believe her eyes (and nose). It does mean I have to watch her extra carefully so I can call her back if the temptation gets too big - the flats are pretty much right in between the 2 ovals we frequent on our walk. But she has been good, and I reward her by letting her have a peek when we pass. I've been doing some LAT but I am actually unsure what it is I want her to do - I need to get my head round it first.

    I do feel I should probably knock on the rabbits' owner's door to let her know that she really should provide them with more secure housing because one day soon she will discover the local foxes find them pretty irresistible too. Foxes killed all but one of the chooks at my daughter's primary school just around the corner from there.

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    Pet bunnies are a bit of a problem round here too, but they don't seem to last long. Escape and get eaten by the older folk I suspect. Lot of pensioners that survived WWII around here. Or foxes, dogs or cats get them.

    Not that I've seen many foxes but there's not a lot stopping them from being here. Seen a few Koalas.

    We had about 8 visiting my back yard not long after I got Frosty. Most of them were caught by the owners and put in more secure cages but they missed one - there were two that looked the same and they got confused.

    And the one would show up in our back yard. So I blocked off its escape. Frosty made it run four big laps of the yard and it was exhausted and went for "Freeze" since "flight" was no longer possible for it. Frosty stood over it and barked and barked but would not touch it. So before it got the courage to bolt again, I got some gloves and put it in the empty green sulo bin - and went door knocking. Found the owners - and they came and got it.

    Had a strange conversation with the local vet receptionist/nurses in between. They said they wouldn't take the rabbit or PTS, until I said I'd fill the sulo bin up with water if I couldn't find the owners. One of the houses on the way around the block - provided me with a bunny rescue number - so I guess that was another out - tho the address was Salisbury - the same place the snow town murderers lived before they got caught, bunnies not safe there either I imagine.

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    lol Hyacinth.

    Old people eating rabbits during the war is actually usually the reason why they don't like to eat them now. They regard them as last resort food or poor people's food. I on the other hand love rabbit stew, but I've been told that pet bunny meat is tough and stringy.

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    tough and stringy - is why you cook it slowly for a long time ie stew it.

    I like bunny stew too - baby bunny is more tender than old bunny tho.

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