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Posted in Babysitting on 10th March 2014

Rabbit Help!!!!….?
I Was In My Backyard And I Found A Baby Rabbit So I Caught It And Put It In A Cage….I Dont Know If Its Wild Cause My Brother Pets It All The Time.Should I Let It Go Back To Where Ever It ame From?

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Answer by Littlegirl
Too late the mother will not take it back.

Answer by G.G.
Take it to a wildlife rehab center. Now.

You can find one at nwrawildlife.org

Of course, they’ll already be overwhelmed with animals that truly needed to be rescued, but thanks to you, this is now the rabbit’s only chance for survival.

“I found a baby rabbit so I caught it…” Where is the rationale in this?? Is it not common sense that wild animals should be left undisturbed in the wild?!? Please, help me understand the thought process that goes on in the heads of people like you.

Answer by Amber
What color? What size? More info, please.

A wild baby rabbit doesn’t really know to be afraid so that would explain why your brother can pet it all the time.

If it is a wild rabbit then , yes, put it back…now is a good time – before mom comes back and decides her baby was taken by a predator and takes off. Put it right where you found it or near the closest bush or dip in the grass ( the nest). Mom leaves it by itself and comes back every 24 hours or so. It doesn’t matter at all if you’ve already handled it. Mom will still take it back. No harm done. Don’t take it to a wildlife center or try to feed it yourself. It needs to be with mom. At this young age it is extremely important it is nursed by mom and wean properly by her or will likely die.

If it’s a domestic rabbit go ask the people on your block and those on the next street behind your house if they or anyone they know has rabbits. Many people never know that their neighbors have rabbits. This baby may be missing and the owners worried sick. Put up posters as well.

Good luck.

Answer by bunnylover
depending on the age,,,if it is older you can let it go back,,,if not try bottle feeding it, but u have to know what to feed it,,ask as 4h person around you,,they will know a lot and will be happy to help you.

Answer by ♥Pointe Dancer♥
seriously stop putting a capitol letter on the first letter of every word and take it to the vet or something now if u wanna keep it so if it has anything on it then u can get it treated and u can keep it i hope i helped

Answer by Guinea pig foster mother
I can understand why you brought the baby rabbit inside. Baby rabbits often look like they’ve been abandoned, so bringing them inside and caring for them as pets seems like a good idea. However, the reality is that baby rabbits do best when cared for by their mothers. Mother rabbits feed their babies only once or twice a day, staying only about five minutes each time, so you’re unlikely ever to see the mother, but she’ll be around. Although it seems strange to humans for a loving mother to spend only a few minutes each day with her babies, she stays away to keep the babies safe. If she stayed with the babies in their nest, her presence might attract predators.

The baby you’ve found will almost certainly be better off if you return him to where you found him. If you’re concerned that the mother may have abandoned him, you can check on him each day. If he’s warm and has a full tummy, he’s probably fine. If there are any signs he might be hungry or sick, get help from a wildlife rehabilitator immediately. Your local humane society or SPCA may be able to give you a referral.

If you have any cats or dogs, please don’t let them go outside unsupervised until the baby rabbit has grown up and left the area.

The House Rabbit Society has two excellent articles on its web site that explain more about the care of baby rabbits:
http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/orphan.html (best article)
http://www.rabbit.org/care/orphan.html

It’s good of you to ask for advice on what to do with the baby you found. Please keep us posted on what happens.

Answer by margecutter
You need to put the bunnies back where you found them – it is illegal to keep them unless you have the proper permits.

Best advice on bunnies comes from this website: http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/orphan.html

It states: Many people mean well when they contact HRS after discovering an “abandoned” nest of wild rabbits. Often they wish to “rehabilitate” them with some advice from others. The reality is fewer than 10% of orphaned rabbits survive a week, and the care that people attempt to provide can be illegal, unnecessary, and potentially harmful. The best thing you can do is put the bunny right back where you found him, in the general area, as the Mom will only come back at night to call and find him. Leave the area…

Rabbit mothers nurse their babies for approximately 5 minutes a day. They will be in the nest early in the morning and then again in the evening. The milk is very rich and the babies “fill up” to capacity within minutes. Mother rabbits do not “sit” on the babies to keep them warm as do some mammals and birds. They build a nest with fur and grasses which helps to keep the babies warm in between feedings. If you come across a nest of bunnies in the wild and the mother is no where to be seen, please DO NOT disturb them…this is normal. By removing them from the nest you are greatly reducing their chances of survival…Mom will be coming back at night to call and feed him only once in the middle of the night. Do not take the bunny inside or feed him. That is the mom’s job. IT IS A MATTER OF HIS/HER SURVIVAL AND UP TO US AS HUMANS TO LEAVE NATURE BE AND LET THE MOM CARE FOR HER YOUNG. We often hear of mothers moving their babies and their nests, and have seen moms come back every night for up to a week to look for her missing baby. Do not take the baby from the mom or she will be frantic…

Older baby bunnies who are found outside of the nest may not be orphaned or in need of assistance. Baby cottontails are born without fur but develop a full coat in a week. Their eyes open in 10 days, and in three to four weeks they are weaned. At this age, they may explore the world outside of the nest but return there to sleep. They are not ignored by the mother but stay with the family group until four or five weeks of age. If he is just out and about, leave him be. He is discovering his world, waiting for mom to return at night when we humans are asleep.

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