An Unexpected Birth

8:30pm (Tues)

I had an uneasy feeling when I woke up minutes after six yesterday morning. I can’t quite explain it except that I felt I shouldn’t go to work.

I wasn’t so excited about staying home. After all, I hadn’t been to work since Thursday which meant that several articles were in short order. But even as I showered and got dressed, I couldn’t ignore the shadows twisting in my stomach, the dryness of my mouth.

I had eaten a good meal the night before so it wasn’t the runs or anything embarrassing like that. But what could it be?

I made an egg sandwich — forced myself to chew — but the uneasy feeling seemed to take residence inside me.

I looked at the clock. It was already minutes to 7. If I didn’t leave in that moment, I’d miss the free bus ride to work. But still, I roamed the house like a ghost.

Eventually my husband got up and began preparing to head out. The chickens were out of food so he needed to stock up by purchasing about 20 pounds of chicken feed. Soon he was ready to leave and there I was roaming still.

That’s when I heard his voice, “Come Trish! Come look!” I rushed out to the back of the house. He was stooping near the rabbit hutch motioning to me with his hands. I ran over to him and to my surprise, there were tiny baby rabbits on the ground.

Mother Doe had given birth.

Newborn rabbits

We didn’t even know she was pregnant much less ready to give birth. Since no nest box was placed inside the hutch, the rabbit kittens had fallen through the mesh flooring and were matted with dirt. We had to act quickly since they were exposed to the elements and could die as a result.

Gregory grabbed the nest box, filled it with dried banana leaves and we placed the delicate kittens inside. Greg was mad. How come Mother Doe have been hiding her pregnancy? Or was it that she was as unaware as we were?

About two weeks before Greg had palpated her and thought she was pregnant. But a few days after when he checked he again didn’t feel a thing. We thought Mother Doe had absorbed her babies as some rabbits do when they aren’t ready for pregnancy. After all, she’d had her last set of kittens less than two months ago.

Strange how she hadn’t shown any pre-birth signs on Sunday night or a few nights before—signs like pulling fur or building a nest.

It had me thinking how life can be full of surprises. Sometimes unexpected things happen and we just aren’t prepared. We have to act quickly and hope it makes up the difference.

I just hope I won’t be like Mother Doe and have an unexpected birth. After reading an article about the surprise birth of a 9 pound baby, I’m starting to think that I’d better be prepared and start packing my bags just in case. Cause even when you think these things will never happen to you, life might just surprise you.

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19 Comments

  1. Tashna Smith says:

    Interesting read, In life no matter how prepared you think you are, you a never fully prepared.

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    1. triciatallen says:

      So true. But the best we can do is try so you better start buying me baby stuff just in case something crazy happens 🙂

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  2. carole says:

    Oh wow. So were you late for work?

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    1. triciatallen says:

      Later than I had planned but not really late. The good thing about my job is that I choose when I want to go in. As long as I do my hours and write great content, they don’t have a problem.

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  3. Rabbit’s……..Wabbit…..name one Buggs. plz

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    1. triciatallen says:

      lol. Buggs? I don’t know…

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  4. Read Robyn says:

    Baby rabbits! How adorable. What do you plan to do with them?

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    1. triciatallen says:

      My husband plans to eat them. lol. Well, just kidding. That’s not exactly his goal. He wants to sell the meat to hotels and stuff when the rabbits are mature of course. But we’ll have to get over the “cute factor” first.

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      1. Read Robyn says:

        After my initial horror, I have to agree that’s a good idea.

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      2. triciatallen says:

        lol. Yup. Thanks for the support 🙂

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  5. petchary says:

    It’s funny that you had that strange feeling. Some kind of premonition of the birth! I hope mother and babies are doing fine…

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    1. triciatallen says:

      They are doing great! Yeah, I thought it was strange as well 🙂

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  6. karljamaica says:

    Ok you did have me in suspense for awhile there. Hope all the young ones made it.

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    1. triciatallen says:

      Thank you. They are doing well. Their eyes started opening yesterday and they are getting so fat. I had 6 more born from another rabbit two days ago. So now there are 16 rabbits at home 🙂

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      1. karljamaica says:

        I feel like I need to get 2 of them, one from each, one male one female but when they get older if you are interested in giving up for adoption. I grew up having Rabbit.

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      2. triciatallen says:

        lol. Well, we are actually planning to sell some so if you are willing I’d have no problem reserving a pair for you. If you are interested in breeding rabbits it would be a great investment since it takes about a month for them to breed.

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      3. karljamaica says:

        Are you still selling rabbits I need one female

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      4. triciatallen says:

        Yes. Most definitely. Send me your number in the “Contact Me” section of my page and I will give you the details.

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