What to do if you find wild baby rabbits?
February 26, 2020
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Your kindness can spell their demise.
Your ill awareness of what to feed wild baby rabbits can result in a painful death for wild bunnies.
Assuming you have come across some wild rabbits and you want to feed them.
Reading this article is crucial before you treat those wild bunnies on your lawn.
See, I know you may believe the wild baby rabbits out there on your patio don’t have their mother, but I will explain in this article why you are probably wrong.
I will give you an idea of why you might be mistaken about the wild baby rabbits out there and how it is not a good idea to take care of wild baby rabbits.
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How to verify if the rabbit is without a mother?
The foremost thing to notice is whether the rabbits are healthy or not. If it seems the baby rabbits are healthy, the best thing you can do is stay away from their nest.
- Rabbit mothers only feed their newborns twice a day.
It doesn’t matter what you deem:
- The rabbit mother will always take care of their newborns.
And like all kinds of rabbits, domestic and wild ones, all rabbits are most active during dawn and dusk.
Therefore any rabbit mother feeds their child only during these hours.
So it is highly likely you will not be there to see when the wild rabbit’s mother is back in the nest.
Every dawn and dusk, the wild baby rabbits mother will come back to the nest to nurse her infants.
Unless you are awake around that time to check on the nest, whether the mother is back or not, you will probably never see the mother.
However, the parent is taking care of the baby wild rabbits.
The entire time the mum of the baby rabbits remains away from the nest because rabbits are prey animals. Hence coming back to the rabbit nest more often may attract predators.
That will make the baby rabbits more vulnerable to attacks.
Yet if you stumble upon a rabbit nest and think you are trying to help is a foolish concept.
If you are going close to the rabbit nest every time you believe you are taking care of them, you are probably doing the opposite.
In reality, you are doing what the mother of the wild baby rabbit is trying to prevent; You are just attracting wild predators to the nest, making the baby bunnies more vulnerable.
In the worst-case scenario, you might even startle the mother of the baby rabbits, and she might be scared to come near the nest.
Because wild rabbits are wild mammals, it is best to leave them be. Trying to take care of wild creatures is not the best idea to fall, and that is a harsh reality.
If you notice that the wild baby rabbits are healthy and not cold, it means the mother is always coming back to the nest to feed them.
On the contrary, the rabbit milk is exceptionally nutritious, and the mother only has fed the baby rabbits not more than five minutes a day.
Now that’s why it isn’t straightforward to see the wild baby rabbits mother around.
Not only because her milk is nutritious as well as she does this for the baby rabbits safety and keep the predators away.
So it is very likely you don’t see the baby wild rabbits mother, yet she is going to feed them every dawn and dusk.
However, how to be sure that the baby rabbits are orphans?
One beautiful morning you found a rabbits nest near your house or on your lawn.
All you must do is check on the baby rabbits, whether they are cold or not. If they’re chilled, it is best to call your area rabbit rehabilitator.
They might not be the right one for the wild baby rabbits, but they can certainly take care of them better than you.
What if the rabbits are not cold and look healthy?
You can check on the baby rabbits’ tummy if it is not sunken, it means the rabbit is well fed.
If a rabbit is not well fed, his/her tummy will not be round. In that case, you may assume the rabbit is orphaned.
However, you cannot be sure.
Furthermore, if you want to be sure it is wise to come back in hours and check back on them, whether their tummy is round and full.
Do not try to move the nest or try to take care of the wild baby rabbits by carrying home. Do not do that at any means.
Because what may happen is once the wild rabbit’s mother comes back later looking for the baby rabbits, she will be unable to locate them.
Similarly, if you bring wild baby rabbits home assuming you can take care of them, you are simply misunderstanding the circumstances.
Doing so means you are only risking the life of the wild baby rabbits.
As I have mentioned earlier, the brightest thing you can do is check back on the baby rabbits within the next hours.
In case after hours, you see the baby rabbits are not looking healthy; you may try to feed them. But it is best to contact someone who knows how to supervise baby rabbits.
What to feed baby rabbits without a mother?
I suppose you have really read the situation and figured out the baby rabbits are orphaned, so you are willing to take care of them.
Where to begin?
You can start by feeding them milk. But what you feed wild baby rabbits will depend on how old they are.
A wild baby rabbit’s diet is similar to any rabbit. If you do not have a domestic rabbit, you may not understand their food.
Any rabbit’s digestive system is very delicate, and if they ingest anything out of their natural menu, that can cause stress in their stomach, as well as diarrhea.
Rabbits demand hay and grass. Hay and grass will keep a rabbits diet filled with fiber and a happy tummy.
Nevertheless, if you try to feed a young baby rabbits hay and grass, it is going to kill them.
Baby rabbits require milk. Feed them milk depending on their size and age.
And what kind of milk and the proportion milk for a baby rabbit’s diet is well written in this article here >>> Orphaned bunnies diet.
A few things you must remember when taking care of orphaned wild rabbits, which is not to overfeed them.
Rabbits are delicate animals overfeeding them, and your kindness towards them may injure them.
Do you remember what I told you earlier?
You were not supposed to play with wild baby rabbits in the first place.
Rabbits usually can start feeding on hay and grass once they are three to four weeks old.
Baby rabbits, when they are born, they are born with no fur. They usually grow a full fur coat within a week.
A rabbit will open their eyes in 10 days. During this period, it is best for rabbits only to have milk.
By the time the rabbits are three to four weeks old, they do not depend on nursing anymore.
Until four to five weeks, the baby rabbits stay with their family, and then they are ready to go out in the world to explore.
Will baby rabbits return to the nest?
Returning to the nest of baby rabbits depends on the person who found the baby rabbits.
Baby rabbits are not supposed to leave their nest until they are five weeks old and ready to explore the world.
Before that, it is normal for baby rabbits to stay in their nest, and their mother will take care of them.
That is why I mentioned many times not to engage with wild baby rabbits because they are taken care of by their mother.
Nevertheless, if you remove them from their nest, they cannot return to their nest until unless you restore them.
And their mother will be helpless to find her babies and cannot feed the wild baby rabbits.
The wild baby rabbits need their mother’s care and love, not your kindness.
And transferring a wild baby rabbit will make it more vulnerable to predators.
Even if you bring a wild baby rabbit home with a cat, it is advisable to keep the cat away from the baby rabbit.
The cat has a predator characteristic, and cats like to play with anything they fancy and find smaller than them.
So bringing wild baby rabbits home to a place with a cat is very dangerous.
The cat may kill the baby rabbit.
And the mother of the wild baby rabbits will never see the children and wonder what has happened. So I suggest again not to touch wild baby rabbits and move their nest.
Let them be where they are as they are. And always believe the rabbit mother and nature is taking care of them.
Can baby rabbits drink cow milk?
It is common for people to ask such strange questions. And it means how endangered rabbits are today if they are in the wrong supervisor’s care.
Yet I have to answer this question for the safety of baby rabbits out there.
The truth is that rabbits cannot drink cow’s milk. Cow’s milk is not suitable for any small animals like rabbits, ferrets, and guinea pigs.
Cow’s milk has more large molecules, which will result in an upset stomach for baby rabbits, and that may even lead to their demise.
So preventing rabbits from their early painful demise, we must not give them cow’s milk.
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