There are six of them. One was hopping around outside the nest, the other looked like it was almost dead, it was still breathing but looks comatose or something. I put some corn syrup in it's mouth to see what would happen, it started to move it's legs a little like it was trying to get up but then lay still again just breathing. I put the one that was hopping around back in the nest. Do you think the mom will come back after I stuck my hand in there? We raised some rabbits that fell in our window well for three weeks until they were old enough to be on their own. We let them go a couple weeks ago but the ones we found today are really young like maybe a week or two whereas the other ones looked like they were about three or four weeks old already. What do I do with these? They are so small they will surely die if the mom doesn't come back.
Hi! I know from experience that the momma rabbit won't go back to the bunnies after you touched them. You should call your local DNR and if they don't take them then you should try to feed them your self. You have to buy canned kittens milk from your local pet store and give it to them with a seringe. Good luck! Good Bye!
Yeah I think that touching them was a big mistake. even domesticated rabbits get twitchy when their young are handled, I'd never chance it with a wild rabbit unless I fully intended to care for the bunny myself.
Hi! Yes Minn above is right. As I said before now that you touched them the mommy most likly won't go near them. I did it before and I ended up with a bunch of baby bunnies but they did ok. Good luck! Good Bye!
We had a litter that our dog found once and we had to literally scoop them up to save them from him. The nest was destroyed. I called a local wildlife/game worden and he told me to pet my horses or cattle to help remove my scent and put a non preditor scent back on them. Rebuild the nest the best I could, and put them back, but to watch to be sure she came back. Sure enough it worked. Even though, she moved them to a new spot-we saw her do it, but I'm sure my dog would have found the nest again the 2nd time if she didn't. I never saw my dog with a bunny in it's mouth, and with all of them we have now, I'm sure they all survived! LOL
Wild rabbits are normally loaded with fleas and parasites. They also get a disease where sores grow under the skin.
If you find a nest of bunnies, that looks abandoned, you can almost bet that the momma to the bunnies is watching from a safe distance.
Do them a favor and leave them alone. You aren't really rescuing them, you are breaking up a family.
I don't mean to sound harsh, but it is the same with baby deer or baby ducks. People find them resting in the long grass, think that they are abandoned and take them home, trying to raise them. They are wild animals, best left alone, in the wild.
Good luck, hope you didn't bring them in the house, or you will have to do a flea bomb.
I found a bunny once, it was under my tire in the prking lot. I called the vet to see what I should do and he said that it was a myth that mommy bunnies won't touch their babies after a human touched him. I kept him anyway because I couldn't find a nest anywhere. I bottle fed him puppy formula for a few weeks then I let my Speckles go. I'd keep an eye on the nest from a distance, rabbit moms aren't like bird moms who sit in their nest all day. :)
I decided to leave the rabbits alone to see if the mom would come back. I stuck the dying one back in the nest along with the one that had been out hopping around. Later that night when I went to let Chloe out, I saw the mom take off from the nest so I was happy to know that she came back. Apparently she booted the dying one out of the nest again. I decided to bury the dead bunny and went into the garage to get a shovel. I didn't think anything of Chloe being in the back yard, it's fenced so that is where she stays when she is outside. Anyway I came back with a bag to pick up the dead bunny and Chloe was lying there chewing on the head, yuck! It really made me feel horrible. I told her to leave it and I took the bunny and burried it. You are right basset, I don't think that is harsh at all, just the reality of life. At least the mom came back...I figured she would have moved them but she didn't.
Ln, I'm glad that it appears the momma rabbit has come back, and I'm sorry bout the baby one. Animals know better tahn we do, sometimes, which of their offspring have health problems and just aren't going to make it.
Thinking about this, I was remembering the book "Watership Down", one of my all time favorite books ever. I know the info in the book isn't accurate regarding littering information on rabbits, but I do remmber it saying that it was unusual for rabbits to have more than 4 surviving young (one of the book's heros was a rabbit named 'fiver' because he was a runt and the 5th bunny in his litter).
Anyone else read that book? hehe
***Edited By: Minniyar on 5/25/2005 11:11:11 AM*** Reason: add
I'm sure the mother rabbit is taking care of them. It is normal for baby wild rabbits to be left alone for the majority of the day. Touching them is probably not the best idea, but the mother most likely will not abandon them. When my neighbors found 6 baby rabbits a few years ago they mistakenly thought that they had been abandoned. After contacting a wildlife expert, they realized they had mistakenly taken in 6 well cared for bunnies. Unfortunately, this mistake is made often by well meaning humans. The expert suggested that, even after touching the rabbits, they put them back into the nest, as the mother would still look after them. To make sure the mother was coming back, they put some lettuce and carrots just outside the nest.
I haven't read the book you're talking about but it sounds interesting. I was amazed at the number of babies that were in the nest. Before that the most I'd ever seen was four. I did put a pile of guinea pig food outside the nest hoping the mom would come back. The food was gone so I assume she must have eaten it.
Minniyar, thanks for reminding me about Watership Down. That was a great book, I read it in the early 80's and kept the copy. When I get back home, I'll have to dig it out and re-read it. I remember really enjoying it, but can't remember much about the actual story.
I'm at the library now, using their computers and am going to check the used paperback books section. They sell their excess books for a quarter each and maybe I will be lucky and find Watership Down.
Glad to hear that momma rabbit came back to her nest and is taking care of her family once again.
I work in a wildlife rescue, and can maybe help here.
1. wild rabbits stay away from their young during the day. They feed them early am and at dusk or later. This is to protect the nest.
2. touching a wild rabbit will not mean that the mom will not accept them.
3. if you find a nest of rabbits, and they are 4-5 inches long from nose to rump, leave them alone. They are going in and out of the nest at this point, exploring. Mom is close by but will not come near if you are around.
4. Before cuttiing the lawn, always check for nests. They are little ruts in the grass, covered with fur and dried grass.
5. If you do find rabbits that you believe are abandoned, call your local Humane Shelter, and ask for the Wildlife dept. They will ask you some questions, and then determine what is best for the bunnies.
I found a baby rabbit one day. I left him alone, but the next day there he was alone, being attacked by a cat. After scareing the cat away, I left him there for a few seconds, and the cta started to creep back. I took the bunny because obviously he wa sin danger. The first say he was hopping around liek crazy, but then he was calm, and sat in my hand. I named him Chester and took care of him for the rest of the day, then took him to thw dil life refuge a few streets away from where I live. They made sure the cat didn't iunjure him, then let him go in a safe enviroment, a huge forest, since he was old enough now to be alone in the wild. No cats where he lives now. =)