Ever seen a rabbit do this?

So there I was, thinking I was in good shape with my new fence around the garden. It's 6' tall and graduated mesh starting small at the bottom and getting bigger as it goes up. I looked in the garden and saw a rabbit which had me wondering how in the heck it got in. I watched a while, and it went to the fence, stood on it's hind legs and put it's front legs on the wire. The rabbit then proceeded to climb about a foot and a half or so higher and exit through the mesh where it was larger. I honestly had never seen or heard of a rabbit climbing a fence, and it took me totally by surprise. Has anyone else seen this happen? Ken. Who sadly is planning to either trap and re-locate the rabbits, or if worse goes to worse will give them lead poisoning. I really don't want to do that. When I was younger it didn't bother me, but now I just don't want to kill anything.
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On 5/18/06 9:54 PM, in article snipped-for-privacy@whidbeytel.com,

Unless you eat only fruits, you are killing plants such as lettuce when you eat them. I am not a PETA person, but why are plants any less alive than animals?
Speaking of PETA, do PETA people think that it is ok to eat animals that died of old age?
Bill -- Ferme le Bush
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Salmon Egg wrote:

When someone can prove to me that plants 'feel', know pain and have emotions as animals do, then I'll revise my opinion. Till then, I'm with those who don't kill unless it's absolutely necessary.
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On 5/19/06 4:09 AM, in article snipped-for-privacy@i39g2000cwa.googlegroups.com, "Maya"

What does pain have to do with it? Is it ok to eat a drug addict after you have fed him/her opiates to the point where they are happy and senseless to pain and everything else? How about people who do not feel pain--I have met at least one?
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Salmon Egg wrote:

I'd like to know if the PETA people take the pill (contains lactose). Do any have diabetes and can't tolerate synthetic insulin and have to take animal insulin. Do they have thyroid disease and have to take Armour...which is dessicated pig thyroid. Do they take any of the hundreds or thousands of drugs that contain animal by-products? Not everything has a synthetic alternative.
PETA is nothing but another religion trying to shove their beliefs down other people's throats. It's unrealistic to think our society can afford to live only on vegetable matter. When a senior on a fixed income has a choice between a $3 head of lettuce and a $3 rump roast that provides 4 meals...which choice will they make.

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Do you mean "People for the Eating of Tasty Animals?"
"If God didn't want us to eat animals why did He make 'em out of meat?"
I attribute both the above to anonymous others. I found 'em both on the internet.
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Salmon Egg wrote:

Andy asks:
For that matter, what about the fragile lives of viruses and bacteria ? Are they less alive that larger entities , such as ourselves, and wooly mastodons, and aardvarks ?
Do we have the right to take drugs when we are ill and kill the millions of germs that also have the gift of life ?
Too deep for me to ponder. I'm getting another beer and look up the words to "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" one more time.......
Andy in Eureka, Texas
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*trim*
Why not get some screen and put that on the fence? It won't be as transparent, but it'll still look ok and keep the rabbits out.
Smart Rabbit. Gotta tip your hat, then come up with something better. ;-)
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Ken Replies: Your suggestion is the first one I thought of. I just don't care for the idea of buying 540 feet of fencing at this time, as it has gotten rather expensive. I am also thinking that it would not be terribly attractive to have another layer of fencing laid on top of the other fencing material. Ken.
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Sure, but management can come to an agreement $$$ with the roof tops and get rid of the "wind screen." Oh, sorry... not your situation. (For you non-Cubs fans, I'm referring to management's boneheaded decision a few years ago to make more money.)
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That's one smart rabbit! I know where you are coming from. We have a

I probably should have mentioned in my original post, that the garden is 70' X 200', so measures such as pepper or more fencing will require a good deal of material, hence a good deal of expense. More than anything, this post was sharing my amazement at how clever the critters are getting! Take Care All, Ken.
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Get a roll of aluminum roof flashing. It's cheap.
Wrap it around the base of the fence about 1 ft. up. That will stop him from climbing.
BTW, wild rabbit is delicious. ;-d
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Andy comments:
if you plan to eat the little rascal, you should use google with the keywords " rabbit fever ". You will find how to avoid getting this undesireable disease and how to check the rabbits innards to see if it is diseased. It's probably OK anyway, but you should understand the one or two diseases that you can get from wild stock so you can be sure you're safe ( rabbit fever and rabies )....
Andy in Eureka, Texas
( If you have more owls in your yard than dogs, and all the cats have disappeared, you might live in Eureka, Texas )
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Here's the deal Andy: I have thought about using an electric fencer; I just can't find either of the two I have here somewhere. We used to have cattle and horses which we used them for. I never thought about using one for rabbits as I don't know if it will be effective or not. The main thing I was originally trying to point out was my sense of incredulity that a rabbit could or would perform a fence climbing maneuver. Ken.
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You might get a low-voltage electric fence. Many pet supply stores have them. They are inexpensive and work very well.
I joined the *other* PETA.......People Eating Tasty Animals. mmmmmm braised wabbit.

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Actually that is an excellent suggestion. They are high current but very low D.C. voltage and the existing fence could be charged. You might feel a good "tingle" but a small animal would get the stew knocked out of him. Probably not lethal but he would remember not to scale *that* fence again looking for a free meal! Dave...Down in Florida

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Andy comments:
My neighbor had a big problem with wild pigs going into his yard and night and ripping up the sod as they hunted for grubs and whatever the hell else wild pigs rip up sod for....
His solution was to put up an electric fence wire about a foot off the ground. It was purchased at a local farm supply store... Typically they administer a high voltage shock which is very very short at a rate of 3 to 5 shocks per second. It is very annoying but not dangerous. You can test it by touching it and savoring the unpleasantness, but it can't hurt you because the shocks are so short. It is normally used for horses and cattle...
Anyway, it solved his problem.... After 2 months, he took it down, and the pigs haven't come back..... I suppose the word got around in the wild pig world --- pigs learn very fast.....
I don't know if it would work for rabbits, but I suspect that if it were positioned properly , it might......
Andy in Eureka, Texas
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Never seen it but would not doubt it either, bunnies have a way of suprising you all the time Nik

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Our Bun is a climber. She can climb anything. NOT KIDDING!!! Mike
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