A major rite of passage in this pastoral Bildungsroman is the "Twitterpated" sequence where Bambi, Flower, and Thumper learn about springtime mating and the necessity to avoid it from Friend Owl…, who warns them: "nearly everyone gets twitterpated in the spring time."
"Hazel," Mom said. "Where are you right now?" "Just thinking, I guess," I said. "Twitterpated," my dad said, smiling. "I am not a bunny, and I am not in love with Gus Waters or anyone," I answered, way too defensively.