The preschool class at the Hebron KinderCare center in Carrollton, Texas, had the surprise of their young lives recently when they went out on the playground for some outdoor play. They weren’t the only ones roaming around their playground: three bunnies were waiting to join in the fun.
After a little investigation, teachers determined that the mother rabbit made her nest under a piece of the playground’s climbing equipment. Mother Rabbit had hopped away for a bit – leaving bunnies so new to the world their eyes hadn’t opened yet.
“The students were so excited to get to see the babies,” said Samantha Whetzell, acting center director. “We spent the day discussing where the mother goes and why we shouldn’t touch them [the bunnies], as our scent would scare her away.”
When Mother Rabbit still hadn’t returned by the end of the day staff began to worry. One teacher knew a local woman who runs a rabbit rescue program, so the teacher took the bunnies home, bottle fed them for the evening, and dropped them off at the rescue shelter the next day. Staff from the rescue center later brought the bunnies back to the center for a visit so children could see their playground buddies up close and personal (while the bunnies were safely tucked in a temporary nest).
“This was such an exciting event for our students and such a wonderful teachable moment!” Samantha said.