El-ahrairah visits Hazel in his burrows and asks him to join his Owsla.
Hazel follows him outside and leaves his old body by the ditch. Then together they slip away down the wood, where the first primroses are blooming…
Part 4 Hazel-rah
By kind permission of Richard Adams
The sun was shining and in spite of the cold, there where a few bucks and does at silflay, keeping out of the wind as they nibbled the shoots of spring grass.
It seemed to Hazel that he would not be needing his body any more, so he left it lying on the edge of the ditch, but stopped for a moment to watch his rabbits…
…“You needn’t worry about them” said his companion.
“They‘ll be all right - and thousand like them. If you’ll come along, I’ll show you what I mean.”
He reached the top of the bank in a single, powerful leap.
Hazel followed: and together they slipped away, running easily down through the wood, where the first primroses were beginning to bloom.