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HELP!!! Baby Wild Rabbits with no mother: Advice?  RSS feed

 
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While working in the yard yesterday, I stumbled across a nest of wild baby rabbits in the middle of the yard. (Literally. No broken bones or sprains, but I wasn't exactly graceful in my recovery.)

Sadly, one of the little guys did not survive the encounter. Since I had disturbed the nest, DW and I got on teh Intarwebz and started looking for advice on what to do for the others.

We put a tic-tac-toe pattern of twigs across the entrance so we could tell if the mother returned to feed the babies, but it has not been disturbed in over 24 hours.

We contacted the local wildlife rescue organizations who are (predictably) swamped with all kinds of critters this time of year.

They gave us a shopping list of things to buy, told us the harsh realities of trying to save wild baby bunnies, and wished us luck.

While DW is off to buy the stuff on the list, I'm posting here on the chance that somebody might have that one bit of info that saves the poor little guys.
 
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Toss them some high protein greens. Rodents can be weaned pretty early, an evolutionary adaptation to Mom being eaten by a predator, so it might just work. Alfalfa, clover, corn leaves, would all be good things to try. Just leave it where they can get a whiff of it and they will come out of hiding when they feel it is safe to nibble at. Actually any weed that is growing fast right now will have a good amount and can be tried. If there is a lot of wild lettuce/prickly lettuce in your area (Letuca sativa), you can try that. I feed my guinea pigs a lot of prickly lettuce and Johnson grass, they like that.
 
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Thanks for the tips, John.

Right now they haven't even opened their eyes and we are feeding them with an eyedropper. (Puppy replacement formula per directions from wildlife rehab lady.)

Clover & other weeds, I've got in abundance. I'll have to look around and see if we have any wild/prickly lettuce about.

Just when we thought we were going to get stuff done this summer, we spend our days going 'Awww" about a zillion times. Too dang cute.
 
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