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Learning in Freedom

Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A temporary pet

We have those from time to time. Most recently Sierra had a carry-along home for several crickets and a frog. They came with us on the birthday campout and amused her friends greatly. Their wing rubbing songs were too loud for me at night, but she didn't seem to mind!

I found the small bin that housed the crickets, under the deck opened up one day. When I asked her about it she explained that they needed to go free and she didn't want to keep them locked up anymore.

This next animal will be harder for her to release.

Our friend Jess had a party for her two sweet kiddos last week. During the event (which I missed most of due to work) their dog caught and slightly injured a baby rabbit. Someone managed to save it from the dog but nobody really wanted to be responsible for the rabbit (imagine that) and Sierra was looking at us with those big googly eyes of hers saying "pleeeez?"

I figured I could research wild rabbits enough to give it a chance at survival and then release it, so we brought her home. Sierra dubbed her "Sol".

She's the cutest thing EVER. Of course.

Doesn't this picture look peaceful? Baby bunny drinking milk and all....NOT! I bought replacement milk figuring she might be too stressed to eat or drink. She was. But she also didn't
want to drink the milk! I actually force-fed her for the first two days. Just enough to make sure she didn't get dehydrated or nutrient deficient. Lotsa fun shoving milk down a rabbits throat.

On Monday night she ate a little bit of lettuce. On Tuesday she ate whatever we would throw in the bin! Yesterday she started trying to run away from us. She went from docile to feisty in no time. The injury on her back is healing up and it probably won't be too much longer before she can return to the wild where she belongs.

Sweet Sol....


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