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BETSY FAUSNAUGH: Leave wild bunnies in the wild

If you really care about the wild critters, leave the wild things where they are! - BETSY FAUSNAUGH

Betsy Fausnaugh

Ed, After several folks coming to me at my workplace and asking for advice on raising wild bunnies, I feel that I need to do a little informative educating.

Please, please, please, if you find a "lost" baby wild rabbit, leave it alone!

They, unlike domestic bunnies, are ready to roam on their own within two weeks of birth.

If they have their eyes open and ears up, they are already eating wild grasses and drinking water.

Their momma is probably out and about nearby and will return to them when no one is around. If you pick them up and take them, their mortality rate now rises to almost 80%.

Even the best wild animal rehabilatators have a hard time saving them.

They should never be given cows milk, must be kept in a dark area and not handled other than to feed them. Even if you are lucky enough to have one survive, they go back to their wild state by about five months.

They will become very aggressive, even attacking the hand that feeds them. I realize that they are adorable and cute, but it is in their best interest to leave them alone.

If they are being stalked by your cat or dog, move them to a thicket or other safe area nearby, but don't bring them into your home.

Remember . . . If you really care about the wild critters, leave the wild things where they are! - Betsy Fausnaugh

This story was posted on 2013-04-23 11:22:42
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Wild Bunnies at Tucker's Station Farms

2013-04-23 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Barbara Armitage.
Betsy Fausnaugh is right to leave wild critters wild. I too have been asked recently about raising wild bunnies. They are beautiful to look at, but leave them to let them live their lives as they are meant to live them. The bunnies in this photo were never touched. Thanks to a great camera lens I didn't even have to get close to them to take their picture. - Barbara Armitage

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