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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Baby Bunnies not abandoned

Rabbits hide their nests in plain view, sometimes right next to the house, as well as in brush piles or long grass. They construct the nest with fur and grasses which helps to keep the babies warm in between feedings. If you come across a nest of wild bunnies, and the mother is nowhere to be seen, please DO NOT disturb them. This is normal behavior. By removing them from the nest, you are reducing their chances of survival greatly. The mom will only return at night.

Rabbit mothers nurse their babies for approximately 5 minutes a day.  Mothers 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. Baby bunnies don’t leave the nest voluntarily until around 4 – 5 weeks old.   

Source:  http://rabbit.org/faq-orphaned-baby-bunnies/

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Thank you Ruth for sharing your adorable photo! If anyone else would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com and I'll put it on the Friday Photo posts. 

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