Thursday, September 20, 2007

Chew - Wiggle - Chew - Wiggle


I’d set a plate of treats on the floor beside the wooden rocking chair to give Freckles something to discover in the new territory that would thrill her. She looked at the three of us with those huge dark eyes and stared (or was it a glare -- hard to tell on a bunny) at us. Ears and nose explored the air as she sat, and it didn’t take her long to locate the treats. She attacked the contents of the plate with glee.

We have delighted in watching Freckles eat. She has two distinct nibbling styles. When she’s consuming a food, such as alfalfa pellets, that's part of her normal diet, she gnaws at her normal bunny speed with a steady rhythm. Gnaw, gnaw, gnaw, take another pellet, gnaw, gnaw, gnaw, take another pellet. However, when she discovers that the food is something she really loves -- carrots, dandelions, or pieces of banana -- she often jumps, performing a twist in the air, and her little rear end gets into the action as she chews with the velocity of a cheetah. Her mouth never leaves the object. Chew-wiggle-chew-wiggle-chew-wiggle-chew. How her mouth bone is connected to her posterior bone making her back end wiggle when she eats is quite a mystery.


Deb said...

I do the same thing when I eat chocolate - don't you?!

FrecklesandDeb said...

I sure do!

Sarah said...

What a wiggle! Way to go, Freckles!

Keithius said...

Oh my goodness... my Betsy girl does the same thing sometimes. I always thought it was like a nervous twitch or something. I'm somehow relieved to know that other buns do it, too!