The beginning of this story is a nice friendly account of a rabbit trying to steal a meal from a horse, but takes a rapid turn of events that will disappoint bugs bunny lovers and the writer will suggest those against eating bunny from reading the scrumptious ending.
Now for the humorous and rare incident we witnessed the other day between my curious Quarter horse Wally and one boldly hungry rabbit.
I was quietly reading an intriguing, inspiring chapter from a book when it was insisted that I come down to the dining room and look out the window at the horse I had just fed. I sighed and reluctantly left a good read to glance out the window. I was met with a barrage of comments as I stared in disbelief at the cute, but bold theft. “Look, the rabbit is sitting there trying to eat hay with the horses!” “Wally doesn’t even see him!” “Come on, Wally, chase him away!” The rabbit nibbled away at the hay while Wally munched. It took Wally a couple minutes to realize what was happening to his pile of hay. Then his head raised and he chewed a mouthful of hay staring down the intruder with wide eyes and pricked ears. He seemed to be contemplating what to do as if he were thinking, “I don’t remember this happening before”. He stepped towards the rabbit and attempted to sniff it. The rabbit backed off and Wally snatched up what was left of his hay, leaving the rabbit to finish off the chaff.
Above was the pleasant ending for those of you who like rabbits.
The following is the ending for those of you who like rabbits as a delicacy.
Meanwhile the two expert marksmen from the house, grabbed their rabbit execution device, and made their plan. They returned shortly with a live rabbit! “How did you do it?” Was the excited question from the girls in the house. “Well,” explained my brother (next in birth order to me), “we chased him into a pile of junk right into a tin 2ft cylinder-shaped object. I blocked the one side with my foot and grabbed him when he ran out the other side. Then I carried him to the house.” “Wow, didn’t he try to bite you?” came the disbelieving reply. “No, I read that rabbits don’t bite…except when protecting their young,” came the educated answer. Apparently this rabbit didn’t have any babies to protect at the time and my brother had retained his science studies. I decided that since I didn’t have to work the following day, I would make the rabbit, along with two of its relatives in our freezer, the next night’s supper. Putting my prairie cooking skills to work, I cut the wild rabbit into serving sized portions and rolled it in a breading of flour, salt, and pepper.
Next it was fried in some bacon drippings.
The browned rabbit pieces were put in the crock-pot, a piece of bacon was laid over each one, and gravy was poured over the top. For side dishes we had green beans, peaches, and what I call fancy potatoes: thinly sliced potatoes with skins placed in a baking dish, sprinkled with salt and pepper, drizzled with butter, and baked to perfection!
A scrumptious ending to a rather unbelievable story. As Dad would say, truth is stranger than fiction!!
What is the point of this article? Um...... here are some suggestions:
*To give you something fun to read.
*Learn to take the time to appreciate the unique details or detours in your day!
*An idea for cooking if surviving off the land.
*Make sure you've done your homework before hunting.