Peggy Price noticed a small, wild bunny in the corner of her patio as she did yard work one afternoon two years ago.
The Sun City West resident tried to shoo him away, but he wouldn’t move from the patio. Even though he seemed scared, Price picked him up in the palm of her hand.
“Here I was holding this little bunny who was shaking and scared out of his mind, but he let me pick him up, which was amazing,” she said.
Price quickly discovered something was different about the rabbit.
“I would wave my hand in front of him, and he didn’t even flinch,” said Price, 56. “He had a white coating over his eyes, so I called my vet, who told me he is probably blind.”
Price named the rabbit Stevie, a tribute to Stevie Wonder.
She also decided to take care of the rabbit.
She bought a rabbit hutch, where he stays, and she feeds him plenty of lettuce, spinach and carrots.
In extreme temperatures during the summer, Price places an icebox in the hutch and replaces it every three hours, so Stevie will stay cool.
Her husband, LaRue, also cares for Stevie and helps clean his hutch.
“When I first got him, Stevie was really small and now he’s a nice size rabbit,” said Price, an Ohio native.
Vernon Hayes, one of Price’s neighbors, said he smiles every time he sees the bunny.
“It’s very sweet that she takes care of him and is humane,” Hayes said.
Price isn’t a stranger to taking care of animals. All of her pets are rescue animals, including a dog, two cats and a bird.
“I love all of my pets,” she said. “And when I found him, he fit right in with the gang. I couldn’t imagine my life without him.”