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Old 08-16-2011, 02:28 PM   #1
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As I was weedwacking around a telephone pole, I saw a little scutter. I live on a very busy main road, and this pole was only 3 feet from the curb.

Out from the grass I was wacking, a baby bunny darted into the road, threw down the weedwacker, and I grabbed the baby just as a car was heading coming down the road. I saved it from a horrible death, and there is no other mother or babies around.

I have main roads surrounding my house, with a highway right down the street, and I don't know what to do with this thing. I may want to keep it if I can get it to be healthy.

Right now it is in a box in our shed. (70*F or so) Because it is raining, with a little lettuce and water, and some newspaper and cloth.

The thing is scared to death, but very lovable and sweet.

If I let it go, it will die. We have many cats, dogs, deer, etc around here, not to mention all the cars and roads around the wooded area of our house.

Someone wanna help me with this process? I feel really bad for it.

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Old 08-16-2011, 02:30 PM   #2
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If you let it go it will be fine. If a rabbit can walk and eat it will live. They will die from fright at that age though, because it isn't natural for them to be handled by something as big and scary as a human.

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Old 08-16-2011, 02:34 PM   #3
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BTW, don't feed it anything but fresh grass and clover. That's what they eat in the wild. Lettuce and other foods can cause diarrhea, which will lead to dehydration.

If it darted into the road it can dart away from a predator.
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If you let it go at that young of an age it will most likely die I had the same delema I'm not sure if you baby bunny is was still being take care of by its mother, but if it is, it still may need milk, and if you keep it for to long to a Point were its not afraid of you and then you let it go it won't be able to take care of it's self
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Put it back. Yes, hard to do sometimes, but despite all of the threats to small animals, their best chance for survival is in their own environment. Hard to say if the doe will let it back in the nest with your scent on it, but, even at that young age, it knows more about what is best for itself than you do. Not trying to be rude; just honest.
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Feed it grass and clover
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:45 PM   #7
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Then again, of course, if you're a magician like me, you raise it properly and train it to use in the act!

Goat's milk is universal for raising orphaned animals.

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What it really needs is seasoning, gravy and veggies.
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Maybe after a few weeks/months of fattening it up.....

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There may be some independent animal lover/rehabber who would take it off your hands. Might be worth a quick google search.

Sucks because rabbits are fragile and pretty much anything, despite your best efforts, can cause it to die.
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There are billions of rabbits out there. I sure would not worry about it too much.I agree with those that said to just let it go and let nature do what it does best.
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Unless you want to make this an indoor pet, I agree with the others. Let it go, ASAP, before you get any more attached to it. Find a little patch of woods.
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i say too keep it and to get attached to it as much as possible as you can. its super cute to have baby bunny in your hands and you wouldn't want to be the cause of the death of a helpless little bunny right?

poor little bunny it deserves the better since its mom abandoned it.
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so... we have.... keep it, let it go, train it and use it in magic acts, make a pet of it, give it diarrhea, frighten it to death or eat it. Who knew there were so many options what to do with a baby bunny?

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i say too keep it and to get attached to it as much as possible as you can. its super cute to have baby bunny in your hands and you wouldn't want to be the cause of the death of a helpless little bunny right?

poor little bunny it deserves the better since its mom abandoned it.
That's all wrong.

Wild rabbits do not do well in captivity. In fact most of the time they die from pure fright.

It wasn't "helpless" and it wasn't abandoned. When wild rabbits leave the nest it's because they are able to feed on their own.
A mother rabbit has better things to do than take care of the adolescents from her last litter. Nature has to take it's course.

That "baby" rabbit probably would have been much better off had it been left alone. How would a mere human know what is best for an animal that has been here eons longer than we have?

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