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Watership Down

One of my favorite books of all time is Richards Adams’ Watership Down.

On its face, it can be described as a tale about a group of rabbits in search of a new home after humans destroy the one they had.

But it is so, so, so much more than that.

It’s about loyalty and extraordinary bravery and wisdom and folly. It’s about us and how we treat animals.

Adams even constructed a language for his rabbits called Lapine, and some of the words in it have become quite familiar to Watership fans. My daughter-in-law told me that she has seen a car with the Lapine word “hraka” on it, the rabbits’ term for their droppings.

I’ll leave it to you to figure out what that car owner is trying to express.

One of my other favorites is “hrududu,” the Lapine term for an automobile. When you say it out loud, it reminds me of the sound of a combustion engine.

The Angora bunny in this post was photographed at the Vermont Sheep to Wool Festival in Tunbridge on the first weekend of October.