Just thought I'd share a funny story. This morning I was doing some Fall cleaning in between school assignments. I had hauled out some of the stackers and was torching/brushing the wire, doing vinegar washes to the trays, etc. I took them back in, but figured it wouldn't hurt to spritz the clean cages down with sanitizer before I called it quits.
So I started using the spray bottle all over the stacker minding my own business when I hear a strange noise. It sounded like one of the Harlie babies squeaked or something. I stopped to look at them but didn't see anything out of the ordinary. They were all just munching hay and watching me work.
Okay.. back to work, I guess. Then I hear it again a few seconds after I begin, but it sounds like it is coming from two different rabbits at two different times. Squeak... squeak! I stop and look, but I don't see anything still. At this point I am wondering what the heck is going on. Am I so exhausted and stressed from nursing school that I am having auditory hallucinations?
I cautiously start spraying the cage again and this time it is a sound *explosion.* I drop the bottle and spin around only to find every single Harlie baby is screaming as loud as they can! I run over thinking something horrible has happened, but before I even get there they stop and go back to calmly eating hay.
I tentatively pick it up and spritz once.. SQUEAK! Twice.. AHHHHHH! They all start shrieking like the little freakazoids they are and scare the bejeesus out of me until I finally start laughing.
The thing is that they looked perfectly calm even while they were all screeching their heads off. I can only imagine that they think some other rabbit somewhere else is making weird noises like the spritzer makes and they need to join in?
For those of you that haven't heard a rabbit scream, it is VERY loud. It also sounds like someone is being tortured or something. I can only hope no one happened to be walking by when this all happened, lol.