Jill rolling in the dirt

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Sacramento, United States

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Nah, Jill isn’t dead. Jill is pregnant and itching. And if any of you can relate to a pregnant woman trying to scratch what USED to be accessible, you can understand her plight. The reason I know she had to roll to get rid of the itch was that she almost fell over trying to use a hind paw and those dogs are BIG. She couldn’t get the spot with either foot or her head. So she walked (that is so strange to say about a rabbit but it is so true) to the spot on Weedy Field’s open space that was the most free of rocks and did like all dogs do. She rolled and wiggled on her back in the dirt. She’s have looked just like a small dog (actually a medium sized dog now that she’s so flippin’ fat…) if not for the huge back feet flopping in the air and the length of her ears.

Jill is my newest and largest animal to extend me trust in Weedy Field. I gained her trust all in one magic moment when I happened upon her while she was sound asleep in the Field’s shelter of Cone Grove. She didn’t wake up for at least a minute while I stood and talked to her. When she did wake up, see was rather startled to see me but didn’t run. From about 30 feet away, I talked quietly and she listened, twitching her ears when I stopped talking to hear what was going on around her. When she decided I was OK, she stretched and walked towards me and past to go on her way when there was another 355 degrees of options for directions to go.

Of this day, I accidentally surprised her again but this time I was clumsy and forgot where she might be hiding. When I saw her jump up and run, I called to her and she immediately stopped, cocking her ears towards me but not turning her eyes my way. I used the same calm and reassuring voice and she relaxed and tried to do that scratch that didn’t work. LOL!

I’m not positive yet but I think Jill will have her young in the second set of trees in Weedy Field. When I stop seeing her about, I’ll leave some fresh lettuce and a carrot or two by the front of that area and check back in a couple hours to see if anything is missing or nibbled. If not, I may try it again because she may be seriously uncomfortable about leaving her young too soon or letting me know where they are. But my guess is that she’ll be coming out to eat around me – within 10 feet or so – before July. Getting something as flighty as a jack rabbit that close willingly will be thrill enough for me.

And yes, Jill has her name because the obvious name was too obvious. I’d darn glad I went this way now. Hehehehe!

Weedy Field is in the city of Rancho Cordova, just outside Sacramento, CA: 38°35’11.42"N by 121°16’18.81"W. If you use Goggle Earth, you can find it and see it. I work in the building closest to this place and visit it at least once daily to talk with the hummingbirds, play with JJ and the rest of the bluejays, feed the Towhees, doves, and Cedar Waxwings, offer peanuts to Mama, Papa & and the kids, the family of squirrels, and photograph Lizzy, Alpha, and Beta, the lizards. BigYellow passes thru and the highly elusive hawk pops in and out.

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