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1898 Excerpt: ... little Rabbits lay on their nest at the end of
the burrow, and wriggled and squirmed and pushed their soft noses
against each other all day long. Life was very easy for them, and
they were contented. The first thing that they remembered was lying
on their bed of fur, hay, and dried leaves, and feeling a great,
warm, soft Something close beside them. After a while they learned
that this Something was their Mamma Rabbit. It was she who had
gotten the nest ready for them and lined it with fur that she tore
from her own breast. She did n't care so much about looking
beautiful as she did about making her babies comfortable. It was
their Mamma Rabbit, too, who fed them with warm milk from her own
body until they should be old enough to go out of the burrow. Then
they would nibble bark and tender young shoots from the roots of
the trees, and all the fresh, green, growing things that Rabbits
like. She used to tell them about this food, and they wondered and
wondered how it would taste. They began to feel very big and strong
now. The soft fur was growing on their naked little bodies and
covering even the soles of their feet. It was growing inside their
cheeks, too, and that made them feel important, for Papa Rabbit
said that he did not know any other animals that had fur inside
their cheeks. He said it was something to be very proud of, so they
were very proud, although why one should want fur inside of one's
cheeks it would be hard to say. What tangles they did get into Each
little Rabbit had four legs, two short ones in front, and two long
ones behind to help him take long jumps from one place to another.
So, you see, there were twenty-eight legs there, pushing, catching
in the hay, kicking, and sometimes just waving in the air when
their tiny owners chanced to ...
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