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    Baby Rabbits

    Rabbits build their nests in plain view and are therefore frequently disturbed by mowing, raking or digging by dogs or cats. If you find a baby bunny, but it is not sick or injured, return it to the nest if you can find it. (Look for a shallow depression lined with grass or fur.) Cover the baby bunnies with a light layer or dry grass to hide them. Cover the nest during the day with a laundry basket weighed down with a large rock to keep dogs and cats out. Mother rabbits only visit their young 2-3 times at night to avoid attracting predators.

    If the nest has been destroyed, reconstruct it with grasses, hay and straw. Ideally, remake the nest in the same place, although nests can be moved to a safer place up to
    5 feet away. Dig a shallow hole about 3 inches deep and put in as much original material, adding dry grass as needed. Return the young and leave the area or else the mother will not return. Put an X of sticks or yarn over the nest to determine if the mother is returning to nurse her young. If the X is moved but the nest is still covered the next day, the mother has returned to nurse the babies. If the X remains undisturbed for 24 hours, contact a Wildlife Rehabilitator near you. Keep all pets out of the area, as they
    will surely find and kill the young rabbits.

    Baby bunnies are incredibly difficult to hand raise. Because of their high stress levels, many do not survive even in the care of an experienced Wildlife Rehabilitator. A baby bunny's best chance of survival is always with its mother. A rabbit that is four inches
    long with open eyes and erect ears is independent from his mother and able to fend for himself.

     

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