Posted by Bookfool (Mississippi, United States) on 17 August 2009 in Animal & Insect.

Another great moment in Arenal, Costa Rica. I was stuck at our hotel due to a monster migraine, while the guys took a boat ride without me. Once I got the pain under control, my camera and I took a walk around the grounds and I happened upon a couple of the groundskeepers. One was very gently holding and petting this baby, showing it off to the second fellow. He didn't seem to speak English and I don't speak Spanish (maybe a whopping ten words -- next time, I'll attempt to learn the language) but he saw my camera and gestured that I should snap a picture or two. When I finished, I nodded to him and he very carefully set the little guy down.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Oh so so sweet, a little bunny rabbit, I love how you feel the gentleness of the touch, bravo Booky

17 Aug 2009 6:48am

@Lorraine: I knew you'd love this one, Rainy!! Isn't it so sweet the way he held the little guy so gently?

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Hello Bugs Bunny!

17 Aug 2009 7:00am

@Eleftheria: LOL!

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Oh how cute!! A wonderul shot:-)

17 Aug 2009 7:19am

@Linerberry: Thank you, Debbie! I'm so glad I had my camera with me. That was a wonderful moment!

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

what a cutie

17 Aug 2009 8:53am

@jamesy: I know. I wanted to hold him but I had to snap him, instead.

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

Wonderful picture!! Felicidades!!

17 Aug 2009 9:13am

@David Nos: Gracias, David!

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

They must be very gentle people ... yesterday a bee set free and today a baby bunny.
Great shot of it. We don't see this type in the wild.

17 Aug 2009 11:28am

@Judy: I think the bee and bunny pics are a reflection of their huge respect for nature in Costa Rica. There are some barren spots where you can see that a lot of trees have been removed, but otherwise there's a pretty heavy emphasis on preservation, recycling and generally caring for what's left. It's pretty impressive, IMHO. We don't see rabbits at all, here. There are no leash laws. The dogs get 'em.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Excellent shot ! That contrast between these dark hands and little puffy baby is so lovely :))

17 Aug 2009 2:47pm

@MARIANA: Thank you! I thought so, too. A friend commented on his grubby hands and I thought she was missing the point. He was a muscular working man, but he held that little guy with such care!! :)

peter from new york, United States

so cute! love this gentle portrait : )

17 Aug 2009 2:56pm

@peter: Thank you! I was so happy that I got to see (and snap) that moment!

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Can't be wild can he? The rabbit I mean... Interesting.

17 Aug 2009 6:11pm

@Earnest: I think they're rather tame. There were rabbits hopping around all over the place at that hotel (each building had two rooms -- it was more like a series of little cabins than a hotel). When I first spotted one of those guys, it was such a perfect little white creature that I thought he was a statue. And, then he hopped. Boy, that was a surprise.

David from Mataró, Spain

Very sweet pic. I like the green background, helps the image to be more natural.

17 Aug 2009 6:38pm

@David: Thank you! I think that olive background color was the side of one of the buildings. I was fortunate that he held the bunny up in front of something nice and plain.

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Fantastic shot! really nice lighting/textures

19 Aug 2009 4:09am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Have to hand it to you
He's hardly big enough to fill a sandwich though.

19 Aug 2009 6:27pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Oh my! This is so cute! My older girl is just crazy about bunnies! And this one is adorable.

20 Aug 2009 2:58am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A cute one !

23 Aug 2009 4:25pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Perfect ...

Saw your comment and thought I'd give you my FB profile

2 Sep 2009 3:05am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

He's awfully cute, but I sure don't like rabbits. At least not the ones in my yard/garden!!!

2 Sep 2009 3:14am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

This is so so sooo very cute....Wonderful capture!

14 Oct 2009 7:10am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Nothing cuter than a baby bunny rabbit! My wife and I spent some time near the Arenal Volcano in 2005. It was a great trip! Loved the food and the people the most!

7 Nov 2009 10:18am

Faon from Strasbourg, France

soooo cute !!!

4 Dec 2009 6:19pm


Sony DSLR-A700
1/1000 second
ISO 250
750 mm (35mm equiv.)

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