Desert cottontails abound in the yard right now. The desert is green from the late winter rains, so there’s lots to eat. Adult frolicking leads to tiny bunlets. The two in the photo above on the right were stashed by mom in a shallow scrape right out in the open. When we discovered them, while checking on the mantis egg case, they were barely 3 inches long. A day later, they were gone, leaving only the “form” behind in the mesquite leaf litter. Moved by mom, eaten, or hopped off under their own power, we’ll never know.
(All photos E.Shock)