I need help please with the onomatopoeic form of the verb "scurry", or any other suggestion to describe the quick move, jump of a animal . The context is "the rabbit "scurried" to the left or to the right".
Rustling, for me, wouldn't work - it's not urgent enough. I think of leaves on trees rustling or the sound of someone rooting about in a paper bag.
Thinking about it, the problem with this thread is that rabbits are more often seen then heard. What is the sound of a running rabbit is like? I've seen thousands running but I've never been close enough hear them properly. Normally the only time you get up close to them they are by their holes or the other side of a river - you can't get at them easily. If they aren't happy with you being around, they just pop back underground.
What the rabbit sounds like when he 'runs,' or rather bounds off depends largely on where he is bounding. I came up with rustle because I live in the forest, and I assure you when I hear them take off through the underbrush rustling is what I hear, I suspect because of the large number of leaves.
The other sound I hear is the warning "thump, thump, thump, thump" sound they make when they think danger is near.
The fact is that the term I needed was that describing an urgent, sudden, hurrying move.
I like this "thump, thump, thump" a lot. I am a little bit upset because I had to deliver my translation without it . However, my onomatopeic vocabulary enriched
Just for the record, when a rabbit does the 'thump, thump, thump, thump' he isn't going anywhere. Instead his hind (back) foot is moving rapidly up and down. By the way, that is the why the rabbit in Disney's movie Bambi is called Thumper.