“Do tell me how I can help you,” said the Chief Rabbit.
“Well sir,’ said Hazel rather hesitantly, ‘it’s because of my brother — Fiver here. He can often tell when there’s anything bad about, and I’ve found him right again and again. He knew the flood was coming last autumn,…and now he says he can sense a bad danger coming upon the warren.”
“A bad danger. Yes, I see. How very upsetting,” said the Chief Rabbit, looking anything but upset.
Richard Adams made up rabbit stories to tell to his two young daughters during long car rides. He had recently read The Private Life of the Rabbit, and made up the personalities and behaviors of the rabbits in his story from descriptions in the book.
His tales about a community of rabbits, who were brave and timid, big and small, talented and vicious and born leaders, became the beloved classic Watership Down. Adams, who died in December 2016 at the age of 96, had worked at Great Britain’s Department of Environment, and had visited every location that he wrote about in the book.
Why were the rabbits in Britain being exterminated?
- Because invasive species (also known as “biological invasions,” “introduced organisms,” or “nonindigenous pests“) can destroy or have awful effects on crops and other living things. Bunnies also caused trouble in The Thorn Birds (here’s the e-book). Read more about what was going on in the “Man vs. Rabbits” section of this article about Watership Down.
Do we have any other fictional stories about rabbits?
- Why, yes we do — in the catalog, if you search the SUBJECT rabbits–fiction, you’ll see about 30, including books by the wonderful Beatrix Potter of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” fame (here are several of her stories in one e-book)
- If you search the SUBJECT “rabbits–drama,” you will get the animated movie of Watership Down (1978), as well as Alice in Wonderland (this is a DVD which must be checked out from Friedheim, but the Tim Burton film with Johnny Depp is in MSEL)
- One more interesting note about Watership Down — Art Garfunkel wrote a lovely song for the movie called Bright Eyes