It seems every year we're rescuing some bird from a gutter downspout. Yesterday as I was putting dinner onto plates I heard that telltale scrabbling again, the sound of tiny claws on sheet metal.
So I grabbed my tools and started disassembling the downspout. This one was right next to the deck so all of it was easy to reach, even without a ladder.
Fully expecting a bird to come flying out as soon as I opened this tubular trap, imagine my surprise to see this:
A little rabbit!
He was completely crammed in there, as this low-quality blowup shows:
My only guess is that it went all the way up the buried drainpipe from the middle of the yard, made the turn upward as there was nowhere else to go, and got stuck.
I'm so glad that I heard it struggling, as this morning's rains would have drowned it for sure.
It took a little effort to coax it out (I had to shake it down), but once out it took off across the garden like, well, a rabbit.
It's sure to repay me by munching on some bamboo shoots or something else important to me at some point, but I'm glad I could help!