The spreading branches of a large pine tree in the front yard made a perfect umbrella when it rained. One day during a very heavy downpour, a little rabbit decided to get under the tree in order to stay dry. A few minutes later two crows decided that was a good idea and joined him. Peter Cottontail on one side, crows on the other. Everyone waiting for the rain to stop, all minding their own business......for a while. Peter could nibble on the small amount of grass under there, but the crows had absolutely nothing to do. They got bored. One decided to take a leisurely stroll (and that's exactly what it looked like) over to Peters' side coming up behind him. Just as he was reaching out to pluck that little white tail, Peter jumped around and faced him. Crow just strolled back to his own side. And waited. As soon as Peter turned back around, here comes crow again, getting closer, closer, beak reaching out....Peter spinning around at the last possible moment, causing crow to jump backward in surprise. While I was picking myself up off the floor, the rain let up a bit and Peter calmly went on his way with tail intact. Crows flew off to find some other mischief to get into.
P.S. A few months ago the pine tree fell over. One day standing tall and stately, next morning splat. No more shelter from the rain and no more stage for critter antics. Don't be surprised if you see me standing out in the rain, in the middle of the yard on the now barren circle of dirt with an umbrella held high, waiting for Peter to come in out of the rain. On second thought, DO be surprised and alarmed and immediately call someone for help.Peter, wisely keeping his tail hidden.