This hare was in front of my van again today when I headed out to work before noon. (Note how low the sun is in Edmonton in winter.)
I managed to not scare him off too far as I got into my vehicle and started it up. He scooted along the fence to the end by the alley, then turned the corner and doubled back, but hovered at the far end of the small field you see behind him.
He watched me closely and soon returned when he sensed no danger. In the corner by the building, he found some plants and started to eat–right there in my presence.
I continued to back out of the parking stall, turning the van to face the alley I would use to drive out to the road. The hare watched, and once the van was at a safe distance, he came back to his spot in the sun–and dozed off.
When I returned from work during the blue hour after sunset (4:53 p.m.–short day–I’m technically on holidays), the hare was still there! I saw him from the alley.
You can see the path of people tracks in the front of the photo, running horizontally, and the hare tracks running perpendicular into the distance, with said track maker at the far end of them.
I pulled around the corner and toward my parking spot slowly. My spot is behind the red car (looks dark in the picture). The hare is sitting almost directly in front of my stall.
I turned the van into the stall and crept forward. The hare scooted over a few steps to a safer distance but didn’t run off.
I think we have an understanding. The van goes in and out, but no one bothers the bunny.
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Slide show: Cuteness Overload
White-tailed Jackrabbit — Alberta Environment and Parks