Post by tomatepirata on May 17, 2012 16:13:58 GMT -5
Toni nodded, moving through the kitchen to get Gil’s drink and Lili’s water. He handed the cups over and grinned at them both. “I was only kidding, I have bunnies. Come on, this way.” He led the way out of his back door, pausing to slip his shoes back on. Heading to a row of twelve cages, he came to one of the females and patted the top of the hutch. “This is Erica. She had some babies about a week ago if you’d like to see them?”
Grinning, motioned to the fur lined box the rabbit was sitting in, the head of one of the babies sticking out. It was covered in a thin layer of white fur, it’s pink nose twitching. “She’s a first time mom though, so you can’t hold the little ones. I don’t want her to kick any of them out of her nest.”
Thanking his friend for the drink he took in a quick swallow, humming his approval. Gilbert chuckled, feeling a little bad for the downtrodden look upon his cousin's face which Anton was quick to remedy. The albino paused as he led them outside, allowing Lili to go before him as well as to top his head off with his hat again, he was glad he didn't put it down.
Looking at the barn yard that was his grocer friend's back yard distracted the albino from the little details said man was telling his cousin about the bunnies. He spotted the chicken pen and had half a mind about wandering straight over, but stopped himself. All things come in due time. It was the words 'babies' that caught Gilbert's attention again and he turned toward the rabbit hutch. Kneeling down he peered in and caught sight of the tiny baby bunny.
He nearly dropped his glass. Eyes widening, his lips drew into a flat line and soft, completely unmanly squeal escaped him. They were just so freaking cute!!! With their little wiggling noses and the soft peach fuzz furr. He scooted as close as he could, his heartbeat picking up slightly in excitement at the utterly adorable sight before him.
Last Edit: May 20, 2012 17:12:23 GMT -5 by awesome
Post by Lili Walser on May 21, 2012 21:03:44 GMT -5
Lili smiled up at Antonio as she accepted the glass. "Danke... Herr---U-Uncle Toni." Still, she stammered over the name. She'd probably do it all day, much to her chagrin. It was just... it was hard to remember... and it went against all the rules that Mutti had taught her, and Vati too. And Tante... Tante would cringe and then berate her for hours for even thinking of calling her elders by such informal names.
Hearing that the Spaniard had only been playing, and that he did have rabbits, Lili's smile brightened. Immediately, she followed at his heels, sitting her glass down just inside as an afterthought. She didn't want to accidentally drop it! That wouldn't do... not after Herr--- Uncle Toni had invited them to his home... and was going to let her see --
"This is Erica. She had some babies about a week ago if you'd like to see them?"
Lili leaned forward, sure to keep her hands to herself, and especially after his next statement, to better see the rabbits. Her breath caught on a soft gasp. "Oh! Sie sind liebenswert!" She cooed softly. And they looked very soft... if only she could - but she wouldn't even think it. He--Uncle Toni had said... but... but would the bunny...
"U-Uncle Toni...w-why would she not care for her babies...?" That didn't make sense to the girl... mothers were always supposed to look after their little ones, weren't they?
Post by tomatepirata on Jul 27, 2012 16:46:20 GMT -5
He smirked at the completely unmanly reaction his best friend had to the sight of the baby rabbits. He’d tease him about it later though, when Lili wasn’t around to hear him. Instead he answered her question. “It’s because when the babies are born they don’t have much of a scent. The adult rabbit does, but the babies don’t so if they don’t smell like her she doesn’t want them. It helps keep dangerous predators like foxes or even humans from hurting the rest of her babies.”
Knowing she would want to hold one, Toni ruffled her hair. “Come back in a week and you can hold one of the babies if you’d like. Until then you’ll have to play with the adults instead. They’re just as soft, but not quite as cute.” He chuckled and moved to let them crowd around the cage if they wanted. Using the distraction of one of the bunnies crawling to the edge of the nest to take an adult out and set it in the fenced off area he’d prepared so Lili could sit with a bunny if she wanted to.