The boys came up to me after church on Sunday, with long, sad faces, to report that one of the black-and-white female rabbits had died.

They had made water and feeding “bowls” for the rabbits by cutting an old car tyre in half, along the centre of the tread.  This produced circular bowls that were impossible to tip over.  But the boys had come to the conclusion that the rabbits had contaminated the water in the bowl and it was this that had caused the rabbit to die.  So they have abandoned the water bowl and, as the boys volunteered themselves, are learning from their mistakes.

The remaining three rabbits seem healthy but, alas, not pregnant.