Where we are: The Rabbit family went for a walk one winter morning. When they arrived back home, they discovered that the wind had blown a huge drift of snow over the opening to their burrow. The snow was so deep that they were unable to dig through it. Luckily, a friendly hawk came along and showed them the way to a deer shelter.
Pamela Rabbit slowly woke up. She realized that it smelled strange in her room. She looked around. She slowly remembered that she wasn’t home, she was with some deer that had helped them the day before.
Pamela: Mom! Mom!
Susie: Stop shouting. I’m right here.
The rabbit parents were talking with several of the deer.
Pamela: What’s going on?
Jonathan: They’re trying to figure out how to get us home.
Pamela: There’s a whole bunch of then. Can’t they just help us dig?
Jonathan: You’re goofy, sis. Deer don’t burrow.
Pamela: Oh yeah. I guess not. What’s going to happen?
Jonathan: They haven’t been able to figure that out. If you go out of this bunch of trees, you can see that it’s been snowing. A lot.
Pete Rabbit, seeing that Pamela had finally gotten up, went over to the children.
Pete: How’s it going, kids? Get enough sleep, Pamela?
Pamela: It was very nice. One of the lady deer let me sleep cuddled up next to her. It was so nice and warm. Are we going home soon?
Pete: We’ve been talking with the adult deer. The weather has gotten really bad. The deer have graciously asked us to stay until the storm is over.
Jonathan: We’re not going to stay here forever, are we?
Pete: Of course not. But it’s too windy and snowy to do anything else right now.
Pamela: OK. Then I’m going back to sleep.
Pete and Jonathan laughed. The storm lasted three days. Finally, the sun came out again. But the snow had almost doubled on the ground. The rabbits were in despair. How would they get home?
Susie: I guess we should have built that emergency burrow.
Pete: You’re right. But it’s too late to worry about that.
Molly: You’re welcome to stay with us as long as you’d like.
Susie: That’s very kind of you. But we don’t want to take up your space and food any longer than we have to.
They heard a rustling in the trees. The rabbits wanted to run, but there was nowhere to go.
Voice: Hi Ho, Neighbors! What do you think of our lovely weather?
A little more rustling, and a very large badger emerged through the bushes. The rabbits were terrified.
Pamela: We’re going to get eaten. I know we are. First the hawk. Now a badger.
Jonathan: Look how big he is, he must eat a lot.
Molly: Wally Badger! How did you get here through all that snow?
Wally: It’s not so bad. I just dug a tunnel over here. It was a little lonely in the burrow.
Wally looked around and spotted the rabbits. He ran over to them.
Wally: Bunnies! I love bunnies!
Jonathan: Are you going to eat us?
Wally (puzzled): Why would I eat you? I just had breakfast.
Molly: Let me introduce you. Wally Badger, this is Pete and Susie Rabbit and their children, Jonathan and Pamela. They got shut out of their home by the storm, and we’re trying to help them get back in.
Wally: I’m sorry to hear that. Maybe I can help. We badgers are terrific diggers you know.
Pete: I’m not sure. It must be awfully deep by now.
Wally: Well there’s only one way to find out. Let me get some friends. I’ll be back in a bit.
Wally raced off before anyone else had a chance to say anything.
Next week: Badgers to the rescue.
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