The morning after a huge snowfall, the Rabbit family decided to go for a walk. It was a beautiful morning. The sun was shining and it wasn’t bitterly cold. The snow was like a blanket covering the forest.
Susie Rabbit: Look, kids! Isn’t it beautiful?
Pamela: The wind is ruffling my fur!
Jonathan: You made me get up out of my nice warm bed. I’m cold.
Pete: Quit grumbling. Your mother’s right. The forest is beautiful after snow. Everything is so bright.
Suddenly a gust of wind came through that ruffled everyone’s fur. It seemed to get colder.
Susie: I guess it is a little windy. Let’s get some food and go back home. That looks like some nice bushes over there.
They hopped over and got their fill of twigs. The wind started blowing again.
Pete: Let’s go! Follow me.
The rabbits hopped in the direction of home. It seemed to take a lot longer than it did coming out.
Jonathan: Where’s our burrow, Dad?
Pamela: Shouldn’t we have been there by now?
Pete: We should be there soon.
They hopped along for a few minutes longer. Pete saw a tree and realized that they had hopped past where they should have stopped.
Pete: That’s odd. There’s the big apple tree. We should have found our burrow a few minutes ago.
Susie: We hid it pretty well. Let’s go back. We had a lot of snow and it probably looks different.
Pamela: Sure, Mom. Like we wouldn’t recognize our home.
Jonathan: They’re right. We’ve gone too far.
The rabbits hopped back and forth without any luck. The kids were starting to panic.
Pamela (crying): Where’s our burrow? We’re going to freeze to death!
Susie: Don’t worry. Your father built it. I’m sure he can find it.
They could barely hear Pete’s voice.
Pete: I found it! It’s over here.
The rest hop over to him. They look around and don’t see anything.
Jonathan: That’s not funny, Dad. It’s cold out here.
Pete: I’m not joking. Our burrow is down there.
He pointed to a large pile of snow that has appeared since they left the burrow that morning.
Susie: Oh, my goodness! He’s right. That tree over there is by the back of the burrow.
Jonathan: What do we do now?
Pamela: Can we just use the back door?
Pete: I can’t find it. We’ll have to dig this one out.
After a while of digging, they realized that there was too much snow to paw through by themselves. They would need to ask for help.
Pete: I guess we need to find someone to help.
Susie: Who would that be? Don’t you remember that you wanted to get away from the crowds? We’re a long way from the community warren.
Jonathan: Look! It’s starting to snow.
Large flakes began to fall on the rabbits. Pamela started to cry again. Pete looked defeated. He didn’t know what to do. Suddenly, they heard a loud voice.
Voice: Rabbits! Hey, Rabbits!
Pete: Who is that? I can’t see you.
Voice: Look up. It’s me.
They looked up and saw that it was Eddie, a local hawk.
Jonathan: What a great day. First, we lose our house. Now we’re going to get eaten.
Eddie: I’m hurt. If I wanted to eat you, I could have done it before now. You seem like nice rabbits. I can show you the way to some deer I know. They don’t dig, but at least it’s warmer there.
Susie: How do we know we can trust him?
Pete: Do you have a better idea?
They followed Eddie. It seemed like a long way, and Eddie talked all the way. Apparently hawks get lonely in the winter when some of their friends migrate. Finally, they came upon a sheltered spot.
Eddie: Molly! Hey Molly!
A large female deer got up and walked out of the shelter.
Molly: Eddie! We haven’t seen you for a while. How’s it going?
Eddie: Not bad. But these guys need your help.
He pointed at the rabbits. They shivered and looked exhausted.
Molly: Oh, you poor things!
Eddie: They’ve had some bad luck. Their burrow disappeared when a bunch of snow fell on it. They didn’t have anywhere to go. I thought maybe you could keep them warm until they figure out what to do.
Molly: Of course, we will. You come with me.
The rabbits thanked Eddie and followed Mollie. They were too cold and tired to think about anything. When they entered the shelter, a couple of does shifted positions to give them somewhere to lie down. Soon everyone was asleep.
Next week: Will the rabbits be able to get back into their burrow before spring?
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