I wanted to share this story with you as it has a happy ending and begining.
One Sunday evening in late October, I was walking my dog Teddy around Lake Merced. It was about 7:00PM when we finished our walk and it was starting to get dark. Just as I was leaving the parking lot I saw a white rabbit running up the pathway in front of my car. I jumped out and tried to approach him but he scampered away. I remembered that I had a bag of sliced apples that I was snacking on in the front seat of the car and ran to my car to get them. I approached him again and offered him a piece of apple which he ate from my hand. I tried twice to grab him but he was too quick and I couldn't catch him. It was getting very dark and I had to leave since the place that I was at was a popular place for young people to hang out and not very safe for a woman all by herself. Nevertheless, I knew I would be going back the next day.
Monday evening: I went out again at dusk and saw him in the same spot I had seen him the night before. I was carrying a bag of greens and when he spotted me he seemed to have recognized me and came running over to me! I showed him the greens, but unfortunately, he did not seem that interested in them. People were on their walks with their dogs and it seemed to make him nervous. Again, I tried several times to get close enough to him to see if I could catch him. I told him that it was not safe for him to be out here by himself. There were lots of predators in the area and with him being white he was a highly visible target for them. I told him that if he let me catch him I would take him to a safe place where he would see his brothers and sisters. He would never have to worry about being harmed; there would be people who loved him and lots of food for him to eat. Unfortunately again, he stayed far enough away from me that I couldn’t catch him. Once again, it got very dark and I had to leave without him.
Tuesday evening: This time, I brought my husband Walter to help me and we brought several x-pens with us. Together, several times, we almost had him cornered but true to form, each time we were close, he managed to slip from our reach. It was getting very dark, so once again with a heavy heart, we had to leave without him. Side note: I had talked to several people during the course of the first few days I tried to catch him and they all said that they had noticed a white rabbit sitting out there by himself for the span of about two weeks. Although none really thought to catch him, a few people were kind enough to leave him carrots and apples to eat.
Wednesday evening: We went back to Lake Merced and again this little white bunny was sitting on a hill eating twigs and grass. Again, when he saw me he ran towards me, but would not let me get close enough to him for me to catch him. I told him that I was not leaving this lake without him and pleaded that he must let me catch him and take him somewhere safe.
For those of us who believe in angels who come down to help us humans here on earth, I believe I saw an angel that day. As I approached the little white rabbit sitting on the hill, there was a man sitting at a picnic table with his back turned to me. His bicycle was parked by the table beside him. My husband told him that we were here to try and catch this rabbit. The man did not look up or respond but just kept reading his paper. My husband left to go to the car to get the x-pens while I focused on the rabbit who suddenly decided to hop up the hill through the bushes. As I passed the man who was sitting at the table, he looked up at me. I told him that I was from the House Rabbit Society and was trying to catch the rabbit to take him to a safe place. I told him that someone left him there and that he was not safe. The man said that he had seen the rabbit here for about a week. Then with such certainty in his expression, he then looked at me and said, “You'll catch him. Just be patient.” With those words in my mind, I left him and walked around to the other side of the hill. I turned around and looked back down the hill and saw that the man was looking up at me. I looked back up again, and to my surprise, the little white rabbit was calmly sitting and looking up at me. I pulled out a piece of parsley, bent down and gave it to him. He actually began to eat it! He was so close and occupied with his newfound treat, that I was able to simply stretch out my hand and grab him! Once I had a good grip on him and knew that he was safe in my arms, I held on to him tightly pressing him against my chest. With a sigh of relief, I thought to myself, “this bunny is safe and my mission was accomplished.” I slowly walked back up to the top of the hill towards the direction of where I had just seen the man at the picnic table to let him know that I had caught the rabbit. As I reached the top of the hill, I looked down and the man and his bicycle were gone. It hadn’t been more than a few seconds that I had seen and talked to him! The first thing that popped into my head was that an angel was sent down to help me bring this little guy to safety. I also know in my heart that I did not work alone in this rescue. Although this little rabbit is a survivor, I know that there were many people sending positive energy and good vibes to me and this rabbit.
Thank you for those good vibes and positive energy.
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