One day, a laboratory rabbit managed to break free from his cage in the laboratory where he had been born and raised.
As he scurried away from the fencing of the compound, he felt grass under his little feet and saw the dawn breaking for the first time in his life.
“Wow, this is great!” he thought, having only ever felt the hard cold floor of his cage before.
He imagined that he was in paradise, the feel of the soft warm grass under his feet and the warmth of the sun on his back. It was unbelievable.
He kept on going for a long while, hopping along through the grass and the meadows, until he found himself on the edge of a town.
There he came to a hedge and after squeezing under it he saw a wonderful sight. There were lots of other bunny rabbits, all running free and nibbling at the lush grass.
Hey”, he called. “I’m a rabbit from the laboratory and I’ve just escaped. Are you wild rabbits?”
“Yes. Come and join us”, they cried.
So, our friend hopped over to them and started eating the grass. It tasted so good.
“What else do you wild rabbits do?” he asked.
“Well”, one of them said. “You see that field there? It’s got carrots growing in it. We dig them up and eat them”.
This he couldn’t resist and he spent the next hour eating the most succulent carrots. They were just wonderful.
Later, he asked them again, “What else do you do?”
“You see that field there? It’s got lettuce growing in it. We eat them as well”.
The lettuce tasted just as good as the carrots and he returned a while later completely full.
“Is there anything else you guys do? ” he asked.
One of the other rabbits came a bit closer to him and spoke softly.
“There’s one other thing you must try. You see those rabbits over there”, he said, pointing to the far corner of the field. “They’re girls. We shag them. Go and try it”.
Well, our friend spent the rest of the morning screwing his little heart out until, completely knackered, he staggered back over to the other guys.
“That was fantastic”, he panted.
“So are you going to live with us then?” one of them asked.
“I’m sorry, I had a great time but I can’t”.
The wild rabbits all stared at him, a bit surprised. “Why? We thought you liked it here”.
“I do”” our friend replied. “But I must get back to the laboratory. I’m dying for a cigarette”.
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