I was taking Indy for a potty walk tonight and he was sniffing around the lawn in a grassy/landscaped area of our apartment complex. I notice a large, floppy eared rabbit. So does my dog, so I scoop him up. This was a good choice, because the rabbit starts hopping towards me. I run off, and the rabbit chases me for a bit (I start thinking of Jimmy Carter's rabbit encounter). I get back to my apartment ( with a very confused dog in tow) and collect my husband. We go back and the bunny is still there, digging in the dirt and sniffing at the plants. I went back and got a carrot, a box, and towels. The bunny eats some of the carrot and I can get close enough to touch him (or her, but I think of the bunny as a "he"). I remember that the property manager has rabbits, so I go and ring the doorbell attached to the patio. Her kid comes to the gate.
"You guys have rabbits, right?"
"Are you missing any?"
"Okay, because there is a rabbit out there ::gestures:: that's not a wild rabbit."
"Is it grey?"
"We know." And then he quickly closes the door.
WTF. If you have rabbits, you should know that pet bunnies have really scared and short lives when let go outside like that. Its been really hot too, which is worrisome. I go back and told my husband what happened. We tried to catch the bunny, but didn't have much luck. I was able to pet him, but even well-treated bunnies aren't always big fans of being picked up. I know that they can seriously hurt themselves kicking if picked up incorrectly, so we were being careful (and also did not want to get bitten). After 20 minutes or so we gave up because the bunny was starting to get nervous and ran under a bush. I left the rest of the carrot for him.
I don't really want to call animal control, but the Humane Society and the SPCA here don't have a whole lot of resources. There is a rabbit rescue called the Bunny Bunch near here that I'm going to call. I'm also going to call our vet's office and see if they have a cat/dog carrier we can borrow. This website: http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/rescue.html also had some bunny catching info.
If anyone has any bunny experience and has any input, it would be much appreciated. If anyone knows someone in Orange County, CA that is knowledgeable about bunnies and would like to try and catch this one, let me know. I really know nothing about rabbits other than that they are sort of fragile and stress easily.
I'm also super pissed at the property manager for knowing about this and not giving a shit. And honestly, her kid was a rude little punk. If someone asked me if I were missing a pet, I would be thankful that someone was looking out of them. This is the 8th or 9th time I've found/caught/or tried to catch a stray animal in the apartment complex. The world is full of assholes. At least the nobody's decided to cut the bunny's ears off yet. When I was at the rabbit rescue that seemed to be a frequent occurrence.