That's a lovely story, Claire. Definitely Tilikum was meant to be yours. We didn't chose Timothy, he belonged to my son and his girlfriend but Chris had to work away for a while and his girlfriend sometimes had to work late hours. I would go round to bunny-sit if she was going to be late, but it got more and more often. Then they went on holiday for a week and we took Timothy and he never went back! The first time I saw him he was jumping around on the conservatory furniture, one lop ear sticking straight up. He was the funniest, cutest looking little bundle of fluff. But I fell in love with him. I wanted him from day one. I often used to think about Timothy's brothers and sisters and wonder what sort of life they had. I always said, I would rather he had 4 years of free-roaming happily, than 10 years in a pen.
Everyone used to say 'that rabbit is so spoiled'. And he was, he had the best of everything. If love and care could have dictated his lifespan, he would have lived until 100.
They came to us for a reason, Claire. I'm just so very, very sad we didn't have more time with them.
" The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal" C.S. Lewis