Bunny Batch – Cottontail Rabbits
Limited Edition of 200, 21″ x 29″ – $160.00
Open Edition 10″ x 13″ – $40.00
Rabbits deserve the reputation for rapid reproduction. Does often have more than one litter with six or more young each time they give birth. The kits are born helpless without sight or fur, but within four or five months are themselves ready to breed. When the babies are about one week old they begin to grow fur. After two weeks thick fur covers their entire bodies. The youngsters can see and hear. After three weeks they leave the nest and explore. By a month they start to eat plants and play near the nest but stick close to their mother. A single female can have more than sixty bunnies a year, and some of the early born will have babies of their own before the summer ends.
In the composition, “Bunny Batch,” the bunnies are about five weeks old. They are wide-eyed and busy. They explore the surroundings, forage for themselves, and are protected by their mother who is usually near-by. The drawing also illustrates a small plot of grasses and weeds that help camouflage the batch of cottontails. The old log, decaying and stationery, serves as testimony the area has not been cultivated or disturbed, and therefore, is likely a safe place for play and exploration. Spring in the country is a refreshing time to walk in tall grasses and weeds, but one never knows what one might find!