We’re only travelling with our pet rats, but it’s fun to encounter a composite menagerie of animals at the different homes we visit. The girls learn new facts about the animals and quietly store up ideas about what kind of pets they would like in the future. Friends of ours have new kittens — rabbit kits, and the girls squealed with delight at the cuteness of the little creatures.

Delaney looking at a rabbit, August 2014
Delaney greets Mama Bunny before we carefully open the hutch door to spy on the kits from a distance.

Rabbit kittens, August 2014
We avoid touching the kits — there’s no need to handle them at this age, and it may be detrimental to their health — and so this is one clear case of look-but-don’t-touch.

Rabbit kittens, August 2014
Two weeks after they were born, they still have their eyes closed.

Rabbit kittens, August 2014
Today, only one is adventurous enough to explore away from its warm siblings.