I think this is necessary to post. I see a lot of people “saving” bunnies.
"*Bunnies are one of the most frequently “kidnapped” mammal species.
*Mothers dig a very shallow nest in the ground that is easily uncovered when mowing or raking the yard. If you find a rabbit nest-leave it alone!!
*Mother rabbits only return to the nest two or three times a day, usually before dawn and right after dusk.
*To determine if they are orphaned, either place a string across the nest in a tic-tac-toe shape or circle the nest with flour. Check the nest the next day. If the string or flour is disturbed, the mother has returned. If not, take the bunnies to a rehabilitator.
* A bunny that is bright eyed and 4-5 inches long is fully independent and does NOT need to be rescued!
*If you find a bunny that does need to be rescued, put it in a dark, quiet location. Bunnies are a prey species and while they may look calm, they are actually very, very scared!”
Never knew this, keeping this for reference
As a student of Veterinary Medicine I can completely confirm this! Do NOT take them out of their nest unless you’re 100% sure that the mother did not come back for them after at least one day!
People, please. If you find baby bunnies out of their nest, or their nest destroyed, DO NOT TAKE THEM. You need to find the original nest, collect all the mother’s shedded hair and build a new nest somewhere safer, but where the mother can easily find it.
Everyone thinks that animals won’t notice when their young is gone, and you commonly hear that if they smell that a human touched them, the mother will leave them to die. That may be true with birds etc, but it’s not true with rabbits. They grieve and cry when they realize their young is gone.