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. It wasn’t long before he came to a hedge and after squeezing under it he saw a wonderful sight – lots of other bunny rabbits all 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.
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 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 that as well.” The lettuce tasted just as good and he returned a while later full to bursting.
“It’s fantastic out here in the world,” he told them.
“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 in surprise!
“Why? We thought you liked it here.”
“I do” the rabbit replied. “But I must get back to the lab. I’m just gasping for a cigarette.”