One rabbit-mad couple has transformed their garden into a bunny kingdom for their beloved furry friends. Emma Hartshorne and Wayne Kenward, from Stratford-Upon-Avon have spent thousands turning their land into an Alice-in-Wonderland-themed paradise.
Metro reports that their 30 bunnies now have their own tree-house, complete with a bar, and a maze shaped like a giant rabbit.
“They are going absolutely crazy with it. The new run allows all of them to go out at the same time without bumping into each other and getting into fights,” says Emma.
The couple, whose brood is largely made up of rescued rabbits, built nearly everything themselves using recycled materials.
“The whole garden was built by me so my labour was free and things like the tree-house and rabbit maze and mound were all built by me from reclaimed materials that I had here already,” Emma explains. “We built the log cabin and hutches and everything like that ourselves. The only thing we didn’t build was the black prison fencing that keeps predators out. I can’t recall how much we paid for that but it was more costly than the latest garden.”
But all that effort has been worth it to keep their bunnies happy.
“We’ve got a lot of rabbits and of course it would be great to have them all together watching TV with us. But it would be carnage so we’ve just got four inside and the rest out. It’s wonderful to see their personalities come out over time once they’re settled. The more time you actually spend with them the more they trust you.”
“I don’t think you can beat a rabbit in the house because you see them a lot more about. In the evening you don’t see the other rabbits to the same extent as the four in the house who are very, very special and go where they please.”
But Emma is keen to point out that if you’re thinking about getting a rabbit, you don’t need a huge outdoor space to keep them in.
“You don’t necessarily need a big garden to create something that the rabbits can be busy in, so we hope this will give people ideas and get their funny personality across. One lets out this huge breath of fresh air when she comes out of the tree-house as if to say she’s very satisfied and content which is adorable to watch. We’re so, so pleased with it and now we want to try and rescue as many rabbits as we can.”
Last week alone, the pair rescued eight rabbits who are temporarily being kept in quarantine until they’ve had their second jabs. Although they weren’t being kept in ‘particularly bad homes’, Emma says that they weren’t being given the space or attention they needed. It takes about 15 minutes a day to clean out the rabbits’ hutches.
“Once a week I jet wash the garden to make sure they have clean grass to eat which probably takes three hours. If we’ve got new ones in like last week which are quite aggressive because I think they’re just grumpy, it’s just a case of sitting with them and gaining their trust so I would say that’s where the most time is taken. You need to work on that and get them used to having their claws cut too.”
(Story source: Metro)